Guidance And Feelings

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6

Many Christians equate Gods’ leading with an inner feeling or impression. These inclinations, however are not necessarily proof of Gods’ direction. John Hibben, former president of Princeton University, once invited a Mr Buchman to dinner. The guest, an eccentric believer in divine guidance, arrived late – with three uninvited guests. Buchman explained to Mrs Hibben, “The Lord told me to bring these men to dinner too.” Mrs Hibben replied, “Oh, I don’t think the Lord had anything to do with it.” “Why not?” retorted Buchman. “Because,” replied Mrs Hibben, “God is a gentleman.”

This exchange raises an important question about the primary source for divine guidance. Strong impressions will come to us, but we must always test them to be sure they are in line with Gods’ revealed will. Studying Scripture passages in their context give us discernment, and meditating on them helps us to evaluate our feelings. In his book Knowing God, J.I. Packer cautions, “Feelings with ego-boosting, or escapist, or self-indulging, or self-aggrandizing base must be detected and discredited, not mistaken for guidance.”

That’s good counsel – especially since we have a lamp for our feet, and a light for our path – DJD

Grant us, O Lord, Your wisdom true,
A sense of right in all we do;
And as we learn to know Your Word,
Your Spirit’s promptings will be heard. – DJD


Taken from: Our Daily Bread