Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:3-5)
How can you tell if God is leading you in a certain direction? Look for the cloud. Seek God. Has someone ever told you "You will just have to seek God on this"? Do you know how to seek God and hear His answers for your life?
This topic is so interesting to me and is absolutely fascinating when I actually get confirmation as to God's direction in my life - when I can actually see "the cloud". So what is this cloud I'm speaking of anyway? In Moses' day as the nation of Israel was wandering around in the wilderness, God was directing them by way of a cloud. If the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, the people stayed where they were and if the cloud moved, they picked up everything and moved along with the cloud. The cloud was a symbol of God's presence among His people. See, it is not always bad to be living under a cloud!! :)
Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey. At the command of the Lord they remained encamped, and at the command of the Lord they journeyed; (Numbers 9:22-23 NKJV)
Are you paying attention to where the "cloud" is in your life? Are you getting out of your "house" enough and looking up at the sky to see where God may be taking you? After all, we can't see God if we are so focused inward that we never look upward. So, how do we see God's direction for our lives?
1) Pray. First, as Proverbs 3:3-5 above says, we need to involve God in our lives by asking Him for direction. When we ask, we acknowledge our need for God's sovereignty over our lives.
2) Listen. This is the most important, but probably the most misunderstood. We "listen" to God by being careful to observe all of the little things in our lives and how they relate to our prayers for direction. God will use people, circumstances and our daily reading time to direct our paths and confirm the steps we have already taken. For example, if you read my previous post, you would notice that I'm seeking direction in my life from God. He brought me to a seminar through a series of circumstances and individuals that could only be from Him. In addition, it is interesting to me how in my daily bible reading (I read straight through the bible a few chapters at a time), I read yesterday (in Numbers 9-10) about how God directed the children of Israel on their journey by the cloud. Remember, while I am seeking God's direction, I did not come back from the seminar randomly looking for a passage in the bible that would speak of God's direction in my life. God had it planned that I would be reading where I'm reading all along. This is why a daily trek straight through the scriptures is important. It takes the "me" out of it. I hope this makes sense to you, dear readers.
So are you looking for answers? Are you looking into God's word for them and are you looking up to see God's "cloud" before you? God will direct your path. He might not tell you what is miles ahead of you, but I know that He will give you enough light and direction for the step you are on. What is your next step?