Exploring God’s Path for Your Life, Part 3

Exploring God's Path for Your Life: A 4-Part Series

 

Welcome to the third installment of this series about your life’s path. Last time we discussed knowing when a storm is coming. Today we’ll talk about seeking God’s guidance for the future.

When your path forward is unknown, what can you do?

I am approaching several crossroads in my life path right now, and I’m not sure what’s ahead. On my path today, I know these seasons are approaching, but I’m not sure how they will turn out:

  • Entering the years of raising three teenagers.
  • Navigating a new road with my first child in public school, rather than private school, next year.
  • Walking unknown areas in my career path.

One truth I already know: The path forward will look different than I imagine it. 

When I look back on previous crossroads, that truth became apparent fairly quickly. I’m a planner by nature. In the past, I worked as an event planner. You would think by the ninth year in a row I would have had all the kinks worked out. But unexpected turns always happened. It was easier to expect the unexpected than to plan every detail.

Seeking Direction in God’s Word

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21 NIV

I’m thankful that God’s purpose prevails in my life path. He designed me to be a planner, but he wants me to seek his purposes first.

How do we find God’s purposes? We start by looking in the scriptures.

 

Learn how God guides you on your life path.

God’s Word as a Roadmap

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.

Isaiah 30:21 NLT

This is a popular passage in Isaiah. But it is a conditional promise, based on two points:

  • In verse 19, God says he will guide us if we ask for help.
  • In verse 22, he says, “Then you will destroy all your idols.”

What this passage tells me is I need to examine my heart for any idol that has taken God’s place. If I find anything standing in the way, I have to remove it first before I can continue on my path. Otherwise, I won’t really be listening to God’s direction; I’ll be paying more attention to the idol. For me, this is a daily necessity. Is it the same for you?

I also need to ask for God’s guidance, not simply expect it to happen. Jesus once asked a sick man if he wanted to get well. Do I want God’s guidance enough to ask for it? Does his guidance matter enough to me that I will set aside time in prayer over my path?

I gain peace in these additional ways:

Even though the path ahead is unknown, I have peace about moving forward. God is by my side, and he gives me these tools to navigate the path. How is he helping you face the future?

Questions for your reflection:
  • How has your life path looked different from how you imagined it?
  • Are any idols presenting roadblocks on your path today? You can use this prayer for help in finding them.
  • In the past, when you faced an unknown future, what did you do to gain peace and find direction?

 

Learn how God guides you on your life path.

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  • Shelby Spear

    love this. Many are the plans in a person’s heart………… ah, yes. But only one is the truth. I find this such a difficult reminder when raising young adults, yet so important.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Shelby, I’m right there with you as I raise my tweens and teen. May God give you a special dose of peace today!

  • Sarah, your post is so comforting. I am thankful for God’s guidance in this season of my journey. I pray and meditate on Psalm 143:8, “Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” God is stretching me and pruning me as I wait for His direction! Thank you for sharing!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Robin, that Psalm is perfect for today’s discussion. I’m so glad you shared it here, friend! Blessings to you.

  • Susan

    My life path? Just keep doing the next right thing – some days are easier than others!

    • Sarah Geringer

      I saw your yellow door on IG today. That must be a sunny, happy prompt to keep moving forward each day!

      • Susan

        I painted our exterior (red) doors to yellow two years ago – I’ve never been sorry! They are welcoming and happy. Not good feng shui but never have been too concerned about that. You are welcome to walk through our door any time. xo

  • Yes, yes, yes! This was so similar to what God put on my heart about the idols that threaten to steal the blessings of following God’s calling. We can’t just follow blindly and expect to make it through life without tripping over stumbling blocks. Asking for God’s guidance and actively seeking Him and His purposes is crucial. This is a great post, Sarah! xoxoxo PS: Three teens! I’ll say an extra prayer for you tonight! Ha! God’s got this. 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Rebecca. I’m just entering the teen parent stage, with my oldest at 13. The other two are tweens. This morning was a teen-parent challenge, and I appreciate your prayers!

      • Absolutely, Sarah! ? Mine are almost 12 and 10 so opinions and moods are definitely growing. The 10-year-old learned she isn’t too old for a spanking today. ??

  • It always comes back to peace, doesn’t it, Sarah? He’s faithful to answer our prayers for guidance with His peace, even when the path isn’t clear to our eyes. Good word today, friend. Thanks for sharing. ((xoxo))

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, dear Brenda! He is faithful to give me peace on my journey, whether unexpected or planned. Blessings to you!

  • The third installment is awesome too! Isaiah 30:21 passage is one of my favorites and using it as the main teaching in one of my book chapters. Thanks for this reminder, Sarah. I’m a planner also. But sometimes we even let that get in the way of seeking God’s will and kingdom. I pray daily for His kingdom to come to my kingdom. For my kingdom often crumbles. 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      My kingdom often crumbles too, Karen. I am reordering my time so I can be more productive for God and for my family. I’ll write a post about it soon!

  • So good, Sarah. Love the practical application of meditating, praising, and consulting to give me peace over a decision. I’m incredibly grateful that God has a plan for my life and that He walks with me through it all! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from #thankfulandgrateful linkup 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Laura. I’m glad there’s a new linkup for us to share encouragement!

  • Dani Muñoz

    I loved your thought process through Scripture. We have to seek God’s wisdom if we truly want to walk in His path and the way of peace. Very practical and encouraging!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Dani, thanks for your kind words!

  • Well stated Sarah. Such truth shared here…Biblical truth indeed. Thank you for reminding us to trust God’s plan. He is the author of our story. We must trust Him. Your tips for peace are spot on as well. Thank you again for this inspiration. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and May God bless you and yours in all your endeavors.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hello Horace! Thank you for your kind comments. I’m off to visit your site now!

  • Timberley Gray

    I love the Meditating, Praising and Consulting to gain peace. Meditating and Praising are usually my first line of defense for my heart and mind.It’s amazing was praising God will do in the midst of chaos. Great post. Stopping by from Grace and Truth Link Up.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Timberley. I agree–praising God in chaos brings the peace that passes all understanding. Heading over to your site now!

  • Emily McNeill Wood

    Sarah, I am like you…in that I am a PLANNER!! I needed to reminded that, “The path forward will look different than I imagine it.” I’ve seen that in my own life time and time again, and yet, I still have a hard time accepting that in new areas of life. Thank you, for this encouragement today.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Emily–Planning is one of my greatest strengths, but the dark side is being inflexible. God is helping me learn to roll with the flow and breathe in his peace when the plan doesn’t go as expected. Blessings to you!

  • Hey Sarah! Though every point you’ve mentioned here resonated with me, I’d have to say that the Meditating point really hit home. Right now, God has me in a season of being still and scriptures to that effect have been my anchor. Thanks for sharing your insight with the Grace and Truth family!

    Blessings,
    Tiffiney@ Welcome Home Ministry

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Tiffiney! I’m writing for a meditation app that’s currently being developed, and it’s reminding me of the importance of hiding God’s Word in my heart. Blessings to you!

  • Melissa Gendreau

    I’m very much a planner! I’m getting better at letting God be in control and planning for what I have the ability to manage – my thoughts, my actions, and my time. Thank you for post! God Bless!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Melissa! Thank you for stopping by. Blessings to you too!

  • Carole Sparks

    Hi Sarah. I’m your neighbor over at The Gritty Pearl. This is a chocked-full-of-Scripture post, just the kind I like! Thanks for sharing it.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you so much, Carole! Going to check your post out now. I love Meg’s writing and I’m trying to get the word out about her linkup!

  • Jamie Sumner

    Yes, I too am a planner…which is why I think the Psalms and praising God and seeking wise counsel from others is the best way to move forward. I can get too caught up in my own plan to notice when it’s not in line with God’s. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hello Jamie! I’m always glad to meet other planners. The Psalms definitely keep us on track and encourage us to be authentic. Blessings to you!

  • So many things have looked different than I anticipated. I must admit that one of the blessings of getting older is realizing that whatever the path or twists and turns God is walking with me. He has carried me through so much and pieced me back together when I fell apart. So, with His help, I will just keep praying and trusting going forward.

    • Sarah Geringer

      I LOVE your wisdom and life experiences. Every time I visit your site, I learn something new. Thank you for your willingness to serve as a virtual mentor to so many of us, Deb!

      • Thank you so much, Sarah! My online community blesses me every day. I’m so thankful God has blessed me with so many great faith-filled bloggers who encourage and teach me constantly. Blessings to you, sweet friend!!

  • Amy Jung

    Hi Sarah–In the past I think I’ve used the same system you do! Prayer, praise, scripture, consultation–are all the ways God has guided me. Praise is easily forgotten! Thanks for the reminder!

    • Sarah Geringer

      I praise God most often in song…that’s the easiest way for me to remember to do it 🙂

  • Karen

    I’ve homeschooled my kids for 20 years and in a couple of years that season will be over as i graduate my youngest in 2020. It’s still a little bit away, but I can see a transition coming and i’ve begun to ask God ‘what’s next?’. I think that fear is a big question… not so much fear of a new start, but fear of not hearing God correctly or making a mistake. I think it’s normal to be excited about the new season coming, but also uneasy at the prospect of the transition. thanks for your post

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Karen! I’m back from a much-needed retreat. I have written about transitions in my book Newness of Life. Writing through the topic really helped me trust in God’s timing through lots of transitions this year. I get it–my children are going through lots of transitions soon too. Praying that you will find comfort in God’s presence today.

  • Sometimes the future with unknown answers can look quite frightening. That’s when we have to cling to God’s promises and Truths.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Rachel–I’ve really enjoyed your recent blog series, and they are inspiring me!

  • Great post, Sarah! Planning for that future is a tricky one. God wants us to do our part, but then letting go to trust Him with the rest is so important. It’s just so easy to hold on for FAR too long! I know God gives us just enough light for the very next step and that is where I need to rest.

    Thanks so much, friend, for coming alongside me to share a little bit more hope with the world!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Lori! Psalm 119:105 was my chosen confirmation verse in eighth grade. It still helps me remember that I only need a little light from the lamp of God’s word to keep moving forward, not light for the whole landscape. Blessings to you, friend!