What’s the first thing you do when you get into an automobile? I hope you said, “Fasten the seatbelt.” Now let me ask you this: Why do you buckle up before driving? Is it because you think you’re going to have an accident? Probably not—if that were the case, you’d head back into the house and hide. You fasten the belt to keep yourself safe.
But there’s something even more important we need to do for our protection. If we want to safely navigate through life, we must check in with the Lord frequently to seek His guidance. Since each day is filled with unique opportunities, tasks, and circumstances, we need the Holy Spirit’s help to discern what to do and how to handle challenges.
If we want to safely navigate through life, we must check in with the Lord frequently to seek His guidance.
For instance, think about all the decisions you have to make in 24 hours. Some of them are obvious because they’re a matter of right and wrong. Yet how do you know the difference between good and best? We know God expects us to work hard to earn a living and support our families, but He also wants our lives to be balanced so we don’t become workaholics. That’s why we have to submit our schedules to the Lord. He wants to protect us from wearing ourselves out or neglecting other responsibilities.
God has also called us to serve Him in some fashion; however, we can easily become overcommitted if we don’t seek His will first. The Lord has prepared good works for us to do (Eph. 2:10), but we won’t know what they are unless we ask for His input. There are really only two options for determining what to do each day. You can rely on either your own human reasoning or the One who always leads you the right way.
The Lord is genuinely interested in the decisions we make, and He’s always willing to speak to us if we seek Him. That’s why we should begin each day prayerfully reading His Word: In Scripture, we discover who He is, how He thinks, and what He desires. Then we must ask Him to make us sensitive to the Spirit’s promptings so we’ll “know the things freely given to us by God” (1 Cor. 2:11-12), moment by moment.