“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.”
Before moving to Georgia, I was constantly asking God to show me the path he wanted me to take. I found myself asking Him to show me clearly what He wanted me to do when I moved to this new place.
When we think about our future, our minds can wander. “Where will I end up?” “Which path should I choose?” “Do I really even know if this is what I want?”
I recently listened to a sermon on the topic of direction. The speaker said that “direction, not intention, determines destination.” We can intend on doing a particular thing, but it means nothing without direction laid out in front of us.
God’s direction is the best direction to follow, but it can be hard to know what exactly that is. It’s important for us to know which way to go in order to reach the destination God has for us, whether that be who we marry or which college we go to.
Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
To acknowledge God is to make him known in all areas of your life.
If you want to know the direction God wants you to take, you need to truly know him.
Acknowledge God in your day-to-day life. Acknowledge him in what you do while walking to class, on the weekends, driving in your car. Acknowledge his goodness and pay attention to his still, small voice.
Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the path where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls…”
Our first step can always be to ask God for clarity. Although God already knows what we’re going through, talking and praying to him will reveal more things than you thought it ever could.
So first, “ask for the path where the good way is.” Ask God for help. He is more than willing to reveal his plan to you piece by piece, all you have to do is simply ask! Be still and listen for his direction. Understand that it is in His due time as well. Sometimes His plans may not be revealed to us right away, so be actively patient. Seek Him in that waiting period.
One of the most important things to note is to make sure you’re asking for God’s will to be done, not your own will. Sometimes we get too caught up in asking solely for what we want, instead of asking for God’s way over our own.
Second, “walk in it.” You can talk about choosing a certain direction for your life but it means nothing until you put that direction into action.
Take the path that God has for you. It is so, so much better than our own plans.
Once we find the right direction, we discover our destination. Put purpose behind your intention and you’ll be at God’s perfect destination in no time.