Discerning the lord’s voice as we cross over into 2019
In a few days’ time, we shall be ushered invto 2019. All over the world, people look forward to the New Year with a lot of excitement. People mark the end of the year and the New Year with a lot of fanfare. Some others approach the New Year wanting to know the mind of God for us, desiring to know His will and the provphetic direction the wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing.
One privilege we enjoy as God’s children is divine guidance, being led and guided by the Holy Spirit. Our heavenly Father expects us to always consult and listen to Him to know what He has to say to us, especially when we pray or when studying His word. There are many things the Father wants to teach us, either through visions, the word, through dreams, or revelation, etc. In two distinct passages, God gives us encouraging promises to guide us through life. In Psalm 32:8-9 we read, “The Lord says ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.’” Let us take note of these words, “best pathway for your life.” There is a perfect way for us and there is an imperfect way.
Again, in Isaiah 42:16, which is addressed to the Messiah and the nation of Israel, God promises to show the way to those who are blind, and those who do not know their way through life. “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them” (NKJV).
As we approach 2019, it is not unusual for Churches and individuals to embark on a long fast and observe many days of prayer in an effort to know the will of God for their lives and the future. Such is the importance we attach to ascertaining the mind of God.
It is a sign of spiritual decadence, when a people no longer see, hear or discern the voice of God (Amos 8:11,12; Eze.7: 26; Isa.29: 10; 44:18; Psalm 74:9-10). On the other hand, Jesus said to His disciples that they should regard themselves as blessed and privileged for the things which they saw and the things which they heard, which the prophets and kings of old had desired but did not have the privilege to enjoy.
In Jeremiah 33:3, God reveals His heart to His children for all times. He invited the children of Israel to call on Him in the time of trouble and promised to show them great and wonderful things they did not know. There are many things about the future we don’t know, which God is interested in showing to His children. In Revelation 4:1, He invited John to “come up” to a place of intimacy and promised to show him things that must happen in the future. Thereafter, the Lord unveiled his heart to see the events of the future.
Like David we must pray, “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you” (Psalms 25:4-5 NLT)