Scripture: Genesis 24:14 NASB “Three Lights Of Guidance”
” . . . now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.” Genesis 24:14
Abraham’s servant basically put out a “fleece” to try to make sure he picked the right gal for his master’s son, Isaac. He had been given a great responsibility and he didn’t want to mess it up. Gideon put out a sheep or goat’s wool in Judges 6 to try to determine God’s will. He put out a dry fleece and asked God to make it wet in the morning if going to battle was His will. God made the wool wet. Then, to be sure, he put out a wet piece of wool and asked God to dry it. He did again (cf. Judg. 6:37-40). We call this method of determining God’s will, “fleecing.” It’s not a good thing to do. But both Gideon and Abraham’s servant lived in a time before all believers had the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of them (cf. Rom. 8:9). They also didn’t have the Old Testament or New Testament Scriptures. The servant’s method worked, though. He found the perfect mate for Isaac.
How should we go about this today? I would propose we use the three lights of guidance. When boats come into shore, they usually look for three lights in the harbor put there to keep them from running aground on reefs or rocks. If they can line up three lights in the harbor and set a straight course, they can come to shore safely. Here are three lights that can help us run the straight course of God’s will in our life when we line up all of them.
1) The Scripture: what does God’s word say about what we want guidance about? Are we asking God if we can marry a woman who is already married? That is not God’s will. Neither is stealing, lying, murder. You get the idea. Scripture is light number one.
2) The peace of the Holy Spirit: If you are asking God about something and you don’t have the peace that comes from the Holy Spirit, it is not God’s will (cf. Rom. 14:23; Col. 3:15, “let the peace of Christ rule [“act as an umpire,” Wuest translation] in your hearts”).
3) Circumstances: You can’t usually walk through a wall. What are your circumstances? If you don’t have money to fly to Paris then it’s not God’s will for you to go to Paris. Of course, you could always pray for the funds!
You can use these principles to find God’s will for you in a spouse. The Scripture says don’t marry a non-Christian (cf. 2 Cor. 6:14). If you are uneasy and don’t feel comfortable with your intended, perhaps you need to reconsider. On the other hand, if you have God’s peace, you could proceed. Thirdly, if the girl or boy doesn’t like you, maybe that’s a sign that the circumstances aren’t going your way. It’s not God’s will for you to marry that person.
When all else fails, put out some lamb’s wool and check it in the morning. JK. Hopefully, you can see from the above that that would be an immature thing to do.
But in everything, TRUST God. We can’t possibly know what the future would hold with any given person. But God does! Trust Him.
And if you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
I learned the “three lights of guidance” method of determining God’s will when I was first saved. I have found it be a very reliable guide.
Do you have any decisions coming up that you have to make? Try using the three lights of guidance to help you.
Here is another helpful verse, Rom. 14:23, “But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.” The passage is about food that was offered to idols but that doesn’t matter. If you have grave doubts about a decision you are about to make, you should probably think some more until you get more of a peaceful feeling. Of course, anything that is objectively stated in the Bible trumps any feelings you might have.
And whatever you do, you always want to act in faith, as this verse says. Anything not done in faith, is sin. Only faith pleases God (cf. Heb. 11:6).
I hope you find the three lights of guidance to be as much of a help as I have over the years.
I think you’ll be blessed if you use it!
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: An Officer And A Gentile