does God guide? – the call to change

How can I be sure if God is guiding me? How can I read the ‘road signs’ of life? Are there any clues in the Bible? 

I think so. And they are important to know, not just for individuals, but for churches as well. Acts 16:6-10 is the account of Paul on his second missionary journey. He lays travel plans but on two occasions he is prevented from sticking to the proposed itinerary (talk about “detours”). The providence of God is obvious. Being hindered to do what he wants, Paul is open to changing direction so as to be able to be in the place God has in mind. After a time of uncertainty, God makes clear the new direction. 

It is right to make plans and have goals. But those plans must be submitted to the will of God and be open to his veto. Three verses help us here: 

Romans 8:14  Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God

Proverbs 16:9  In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps

James 4: 13-15  Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. Instead you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that. 

Of course, believing that God leads is one thing. Hearing/noticing his leading is another!


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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