Signs and confirmations

13 March 2014

As a Christian it is common to pray and seek God’s will for many life decisions. Many times we may ask for a sign or confirmation about certain things and sometimes, we do receive signs and confirmations.

In Judges 6 of the Old Testament we see Gideon asking God for several signs and miracles to confirm whether he would win the battle in war. God did as what Gideon had prayed for and gave him exactly the type of signs he asked – which left Gideon with no doubt over what he was to do.

Similarly when Moses was afraid to lead and save his people from the hands of the Pharaoh, signs and miracles were shown – the burning bush, the staff turning into a snake, his hand turning into a hand with leprosy – all these God did to Moses to confirm what Moses was supposed to do.

But i have to say that it is rare and exception for God to show such signs. And i believe God doesn’t naturally desire us to ask for signs and confirmations before we do His will. Most of us today do not live in the extreme circumstances that Gideon and Moses lived under. Also, there were other examples such as Noah, David, Daniel, Mary and Joseph who did not ask for signs when they were told by God what they had to do. Sometimes, we just have to do what we know is already God’s will.

If we have doubts about whether it is God’s will, it is good to pray about it, but then after we pray about it we don’t need to be on a look out eagerly awaiting signs, because God has heard our prayer. If we are sincere in our prayer, I believe God will steer and direct our paths as we make one small step one foot at a time. An example was given once that it is hard for the wind to move a stationary boat but once the boat is in motion, the slightest wind is able to steer the big boat in different directions.

We also have the Holy Spirit who guides our thoughts and checks our hearts. Discernment and wisdom are ours freely when we ask of it from God. With the Holy Spirit living in us and guiding us, we know that as long as we have given due thought and prayer to a situation, we can have confidence to proceed.

James 1:5-8: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

We are to have confidence in God to lead and direct our steps, but as in my previous devotional, we must have the right heart and spirit in seeking His guidance. If we are pure in our motives and prayer, we have the confidence God leads us and will give us the wisdom and discernment as we make a choice or as we start our next few steps.That i believe shows greater maturity than seeking the signs and confirmations that may sometimes stunt and hinder our progress.

Holy Spirit, I pray that you fill me in your wisdom and discernment in my life choices and decisions. If my motivations are flawed, may You correct and instill a right spirit within me. May my thoughts be filled with Your voice and instruction and may my heart be open and humble to your leading. Thank you Lord. I love you.

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