In the Bible, Peter is portrayed as someone who is well-meaning but has many flaws that trip him up from time to time. One time where he got it right, however, is in his confession of Jesus in Matthew 16 as “The Christ, the Son of God”. Jesus responded to this by saying,
You are blessed, Peter, because this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in Heaven.
This shows that when a believer hears from God, then that is a sign of His blessing, which for believers then begs the question ‘what would our lives be like if we didn’t hear from God regularly?’. It struck me that without the leading of God’s Spirit in our lives, that we would be like the blind person who didn’t know where they were going.
It has been shown that when a person cannot see the way in front of them and attempts to walk in what they think is a straight line, they actually end up walking in circles without knowing it.
Without any frame of reference or a compass to guide them, they are left to their own senses to try and figure out how to get to where they need to go.
For the believer, God’s word to him: His instruction, correction and encouragement, is like a compass. It tells you the direction you need to go when you have no way of knowing on your own. In truth, our own ideas of the best way to take will often lead us astray.
There is a way that appears to be right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14: 12)
The Bible says that God is determining our steps even as we make our own plans (Prov 16: 9). Jeremiah 10: 23 states that our lives are not even our own and it is not for us to establish our own course. Abraham had to let God lead him when he left Haran not knowing where he was going. Noah had to trust in what God was telling him to do when he built the Ark without knowing the full blueprint from day one.
Our lives are always better when God is in the driving seat. We are made that way.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
(Prov 3: 6)