God wants to lead you!
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
You must be God’s sheep in order for the Good Shepard to lead you. If you are not one of his sheep, you need to know that he very much wants you to become one.
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people,
and was moved with compassion toward them,
because they were as sheep not having a shepherd:
and he began to teach them many things.
Being the Good Shepard’s sheep means being a child of God. How do you become one of God’s children?
But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
How does God lead His own children? First of all, in order to be led, we must be willing to follow. Now that just makes plain sense doesn’t it?
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Our human nature resists the leading of God, for just like sheep, we would rather go our own way, thinking that we know best. (Our pride hinders us in this case.) Neither are we naturally comfortable following the One who asks us to walk by faith and not by sight. (Like stubborn Thomas, we are unwilling to believe unless we first see.) Sometimes we won’t follow him because we might just have to give up things that we have grown quite fond of. (This is self-will, and self-will grows out of a lack of love for God.) Perhaps we don’t want to follow because we know that following means obeying, and obeying may mean changing, and we prefer not to change.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
God’s wants to lead us through his written word:
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The Holy Spirit, who indwells God’s children, will lead us:
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
God longs to lead us because he loves us.
He wants to lead us to be a blessing to others.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit?
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there:
if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
God is always there to lead.
Will you follow?