If you have followed God for any amount of time, you most likely have an experience where you were desperate for God to lead you through a tricky situation.
It is in my nature to get ahead of God. I’ll have an idea and before I have thought through or ask for God’s wisdom on the matter, I have made some progress. While making progress, I will throw up a quick prayer, “God, lead me through this endeavor.”
There are other times in my life when I realize the gravity of a decision and I begin to plead with God to lead me. I know God has something ahead of me and I am willing to do it. So I pray in earnest… “Lord, show me what I need to do.”
Here is what I know: God wants us to come to his throne with boldness and we should bring all of our requests to him. Asking for God’s leading and direction is exactly what you should be doing.
But as you pray for God to lead you, there may be another prayer that is necessary — “Lord, please correct my heart, if there is any offensive way in me.”
You see, we are good at asking God to lead us. But, we are horrible at asking God to correct us.
This is not a 21st Century problem. This is a human heart problem. We love getting our way, but we hate being told we need to change.
He is a good father. He wants to give us good gifts. But he is not in the business of making our lives easy and full of convenience. He is in the business of shaping our character and growing us to become more like his Son.
So what are you to do?
1. Ask God to Lead You
When you are in a position where you need God to lead you, go to him with boldness asking him to show you the way forward.
2. Open yourself to correction
As you ask for wisdom, don’t forget to open yourself up and ask him to correct any wrong way in your heart or motives.
One last piece of advice.
Don’t get discouraged if God doesn’t give you a next step but shows you how selfish you are being. Growth in Christ does not happen in ease and convenience. It comes in tension and hearthache. Embrace it. As you get your character squared away, God will show you the next steps.
Remember, a broken and contrite heart, he has yet to despise.