The Heart and Divine Guidance
The will of God has many angles. God’s will shall be accomplished as He gathers all things to Himself in Christ Jesus. His kingdom shall come. His will be done. This is our hope and joy.
There remains an overarching theme to all of earth’s sordid history and the final scenario will be the good pleasure of God’s will. Nothing shall hinder this expected end. No power in heaven or earth will upset God’s inexorable timetable. There are certain eschatological questions about these things but the average Christian is not often wondering about the final aspect of God’s will. Sadly there is much less joy in the heavenly throne than there should be.
God’s will for our collective lives as the family of God on earth is also revealed through the revelation of His Word in various facets. It is His will that we would abstain from fornication and know how to possess our vessels in purity. It is His will that we would be thankful in all things. It is His will that we would not forsake the gathering of ourselves together. It is His will that we would love one another the way that He has loved us in Christ. There are many other such truths revealed in Scripture.
These foundational truths help us to know and understand much of our daily lives and purposes here on this earth. Believers would do well to become better acquainted with these aspects of God’s will for our lives. There would be much more fruit, peace, and power in our daily experience of life with God if it were so.
But when the average person speaks or seeks the will of God what they are usually seeking are the personal aspects of God’s design for their lives here on earth. What we are really seeking would be better called divine guidance. Where should I go to college? What should I do for a career? Should I change careers? Who should I marry? What should I invest in? Where should I live? Etc…
It is in these arenas that we find the wrestlings of the Spirit and the plagued heart. It is in these arenas that the tension and pressure builds. It is in these arenas that we need clarity and divine guidance. How do we know if God would have us choose one thing or shun another? How can we know if the desperately wicked machinations of the heart are leading us into a career or if God is calling us there? How can understand the heart and divine guidance?
Before we sort through these wrestlings of the heart allow me to disclose the heart of the issue. In the end, divine guidance comes to all men. The difference is the heart that is found in the moment that God’s guidance is revealed. The true question is not what does God want? The true question is, when God gives me guidance, will He find a heart cherishing secret iniquities and affections or will He find a heart that loves Him and desires to please Him above all things? This is the true heart of the issue between the individual and God’s personal will for their lives.
Even bad men were given their moment of divine guidance. Pharaoh had his Moses, Saul had his Samuel, Ahab had his Elijah, Jonah his whale, the Pharisees had John the Baptist, Pilate had his own wife, and Judas had the very Son of God. Even those with the hardest hearts were given times of clear distinction and delineation between God’s will and their own. Refused they did, not for lack of understanding, but because their hearts were hard.
This should be a comfort to the true child of God. If God would bring such clear choice to those who would refuse Him can we dare to think that He will not speak clearly to those that love Him in sincerity? Let us not think such hard thoughts of our Heavenly Father! In all of Scripture, there was not one soul that truly desired God’s direction for their lives and didn’t get it. He that abides in God will produce the correct fruit, in the correct field, in the correct seasons, in the correct amount.
The son or daughter of God should never have tension in regard to the discovery of His will or guidance but they should care deeply about their hearts desire for it. When Peter was restored Christ didn’t need to tell him the whole plan for his future ministry but He did need to ask, Lovest thou Me? Once Peter’s heart was His, the rest was settled.
The true question, the true worry of a disciples’ heart should be, ‘Am I seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness’? In other words, is my heart single? The light of the body is the eye; therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body is also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body there be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle does give thee light.
Here Christ gives us a key formula for divine guidance in this life. He exhorts that we are to take heed that our eye, the true heart object of our life, is to be single. We are to take care that we are seeking to love God and find His pleasure in all that we do. If our eye remains single light—bright and clear and clean—will fill our lives, our paths, and shine brighter and brighter till that perfect day of God’s ultimate will. Thus divine guidance is found in the state of the heart and not the moment of comprehension.
If our eye is not single our eye is then evil. When the plague of the heart is set upon something other than God the heart will manipulate our desires and emotions to lead us into darkness. Beware the subtle cherishing of iniquity in the heart! Once we have allowed that darkness to find place in our heart there is no ending to how great that darkness can become! Just look at Balaam, Samson, Saul, David, Ahab, Jezebel, Judas, etc…
Are our hearts seeking to please themselves without displeasing God? Are we hunting for what we want as opposed to trusting God to give us what we need? Are we choosing the ephemeral pleasures of the moment over the lasting treasures heaven? Do we will our own timing into being or wait for everything to become beautiful in God’s time? Do we have respect to the recompense of the reward? Is our eye single or evil?
Are we making choices that would lead us to a selfishly desired end and not to God? Do we fear and tremble over discovering God’s will because we really fear and tremble over the thought of missing out on fun and happiness and comfort? Is self-love the driving force of our desire to know God’s guidance or is it love to God that drives us?
Do we want God in our lives but not as the object of our lives? Do we want God in our plans but not as the Master of them? Do we want God’s will, but only so long as His will coincides with our own will? Do we want God’s will to be done in heaven and earth and everyone else’s heart but not in our own hearts? Do we want God or do we simply want what we want?
If you personally want to experience the desired end of God’s guidance in your life these are the types of questions you must be able to answer. In the end God’s guidance will come to us all. The only questions is what type of heart will God find when He reveals His will to us? Do not fear missing out on God’s guidance due to ignorance. Fear missing God’s guidance due to hardness of heart, idolatry, pride, and self-love. Fear God, love Him, seek Him, obey Him, make Him the single focus of your eye and soon you will find the light of life.
Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud for the LORD hath spoken. Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and while ye look for light he turn it into the shadow of death and make it gross darkness. But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore and run down with tears because the LORD’s flock is carried away captive.