Getting Direction From God
We are currently in a message series called “How To Hear God Speak.” Last week we talked about five common ways that God speaks to us. God is a speaking God, we’ve just go to learn how to hear Him. Sometimes we need direction from God, but we miss His call. We haven’t learned how to get direction from God in the very real decisions that we have to make in life.
This week I’ve entitled the message “Getting Direction From God” I’m going to expand on how God communicates with us through the Holy Spirit. On all of the major principles of life, God’s Word is very clear. It teaches us what is right and wrong. However, many of the decisions that you and I must make in life are not directly answered in the Bible. There is no Bible verse that will tell you who to marry or what church to attend or what career to pursue and the list could go on and on. Those are very important decisions. There are also many smaller, everyday decisions that we need God’s guidance on.
This morning we’re going to look at a six step process to hearing God. It’s found in a little three chapter book in the Old Testament called Habakkuk. In the first chapter the prophet Habakkuk asks God six questions. In the second chapter he does six things to get direction from God. Finally the third chapter records God’s answers to Habakkuk’s questions. Now to get the most value from the message this morning, I’d like to ask you to think about an area in your life where you’re facing a major decision in the near future. Think about that area as we go through these six steps this morning and then put the six steps into practice this week.
Let’s read the first two verses of Habakkuk 2 which outline the six steps the prophet followed. NLT Habakkuk 2:1-2 I will climb up into my watchtower now and wait to see what the LORD will say to me and how he will answer my complaint. Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer in large, clear letters on a tablet, so that a runner can read it and tell everyone else.” I’m going to take these six steps and put them into three points that will make it easier for you to remember them.
To hear more about this topic, listen to my July 15, 2007 message entitled Getting Direction From God