Wade E Taylor
"I will instruct you and teach you in
the way you should go; I will guide
you with my eye" Psalm 32:8 NKJ.
Divine Guidance means to receive understanding or direction
from a source apart from ourselves. The term "Divine"
tells us that the source of this information is the Lord Himself.
The above prefaced Scripture is an absolute promise: "I
WILL instruct you and (I WILL) teach you in the way you should
go." That is, personally and uniquely, the Lord has committed
Himself to instruct and guide us.
To "instruct" speaks of an impartation of understanding
apart from any personal knowledge or ability we may have.
To "teach" is the activity of the Holy Spirit whereby
He guides our path in the outworking of that which He has
enabled us to know.
To accomplish this, the Lord "imparts" Himself
to us and then provokes from deep within us an ability to
respond to His will and purpose. We must become sensitive
to His indwelling presence in order to be led by His "eye."
This speaks of guidance that is apart from any outward force
"For who knew the mind of the Lord, that he should
Him? But we have the mind of Christ" I Cor 2:16 Worried.
Many think of guidance as limited to receiving a directive
word, or to an inner impression or prompting. Divine guidance
is far more than this - it is a way of life.
This "instruction" rarely comes as an instant revelation.
Rather, it is the result of prolonged times of fellowship
with the Lord, wherein He works this understanding deep within
us. Only then will He be able to say to us, "I will guide
you with my eye."
We sometimes can tell what a person thinks or desires by
their facial expression. As we expand our times of intimate
fellowship with the Lord, we likewise will begin to discern
His thoughts toward us through our spiritual senses, or the
sensitivity that we have developed as a result of our being
in His presence. Now we can begin to experience being led
by His "Eye."
The Sermon on the Mount ends with an account of two people
who built houses (Matt 7:24-27). One built his house on a
foundation of rock. The other built his on sand. Soon, a storm
came and raged against these two houses. The house built on
the rock stood, while the one built on sand crumbled. The
thought here is that the foundation of our life is far more
important than the superstructure.
This "rock" foundation upon which our life is to
be built is established by our understanding and accepting
the completed work of the Lord Jesus Christ upon Calvary's
cross. We are justified and made righteous by His righteousness
alone, not through any goodness of our own. Nothing can be
added to this, it is a finished work - the rock foundation
upon which our life must be built.
This "house built upon a rock" speaks of our establishing
a relationship and walk with the Lord (rock) and separating
ourselves from all other things (sand) that could weaken this
relationship. We are to greatly value and consistently maintain
an on going sensitivity to the presence and anointing of the
Lord in our lives.
There is a spiritual principle called "Divine Approbation."
This speaks of "Divine Favor." When Jesus was baptized,
He came up out of the water as a Dove (Holy Spirit) descended
upon Him. As this took place, His Father rejoiced by saying,
"This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
There is such a thing as cultivating favor with God. We can
attract a special attention of God upon our lives.
"The king's daughter is all glorious within:
her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be
brought unto the king in raiment of needlework:
the virgins her companions that follow her
shall be brought unto thee" Psalm 45:13-14.
The Bride is one; the companions are many. The Bride is from
among the daughters, but is singled out from them. From this
moment of separation, a difference is made. The Bridegroom
now has a "single eye" towards her. As she responds
to this interest on His part, her interest in all other young
There is now a "focal point" of relationship, and
her interest takes on a directive love toward one person.
As this relationship is cultivated, their ability to relate
one to the other, to understand and to communicate with each
In the Song of Solomon 5:12, the Lord speaks of a dove's
eye. This is because the retina of its eye was created so
it has no side vision. When a dove fixes its gaze upon another
dove, it sees nothing else. Thus, it is not distracted by
any side activity. This is why doves are referred to as "love
A horse has side vision and needs bit and bridle to keep
it on its course.
"Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which
have no understanding, which must be harnessed
with bit and bridle, else they will not come
near you" Psalm 32:9 NKJ.
The Lord can guide us with a strong hand, or with an audible
word if He so chooses, but He would rather direct us by means
of an intimate relationship with Him, which speaks of "eye
This love relationship with the Lord can be compared to a
Bride who has a single eye towards her Bridegroom, whereas
an employee looks for compensation. An employer gives the
employee instructions, then at the end of the week the employee
will say, "I have done all you told me to do, now pay
Our Lord is looking for a "Bride" who is motivated
through a love relationship, not "hirelings" who
expect to be paid. In our love relationship with the Lord,
we must come to fully trust Him, that we might unconditionally
submit ourselves to Him.
For example, we may obey the Lord's prompting in a given
area of guidance, and then something of even greater importance
comes along. Therefore, we expect the Lord to speak much louder
or clearer because of the greater importance of the situation.
Our relationship with the Lord now takes on the characteristics
that exist between an employer and employee. Thus, the Lord
may withdraw for a time to prevent this from happening.
Many times, we will receive guidance in areas that are not
of any particular importance so we may learn the principles
of guidance. This will prepare us to rightly respond when
a serious need for guidance arises. The Lord can put "bit
and bridle" in our mouth to direct us, but He would rather
guide us through an inner relationship wherein we draw so
close to Him that, through His very presence, we understand
exactly what He desires. We have come close enough to see
which way His eye is looking.
"We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them" Eph 2:10.
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate
to be conformed to the image of His Son that He
might be the first born among many brethren" Rom 8:29.
These "brethren" will look like Him, for as they
closely follow Him, they take on His characteristics.
"We know that all things work together for good
to them that love God" Rom 8:28a.
This "good" is that we are being conformed to His
image and likeness. It is not that the circumstances are necessarily
good, but that they are producing "His image and likeness"
in our lives. Since we are "called according to His purpose,"
we must understand that this purpose is to change us.
The primary issue in our being in "the will of God"
is not our vocation or our location. Rather, it is the process
of our being changed into the image and likeness of the Lord
Jesus Christ. Knowing Him and understanding His guidance for
our lives will quicken this process. Thus, our vocation or
location may either aid or hinder this process.
"For it is under His direction that the whole body
is perfectly adjusted and united by every joint
that furnishes its supplies; and by the proper
functioning of each particular part there is brought
about the growing of the body for its building up
in love" Eph 4:16 Williams.
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and
of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
man" Eph 4:13a.
This word "perfect" means "mature." It
does not mean perfect in the sense of "without flaw."
A ten month old child who takes two steps and falls is perfect.
This is what should be happening at this age. But the three
year-old who does this is not developing properly. "Perfect"
means we function at the level of our spiritual age. We are
to grow into the maturity of the Head, the Lord Jesus Christ.
To rightly discern that which is a word from the Lord, and
that which is not is an essential principle of guidance.
"That we henceforth be no more children,
tossed to and fro, and carried about with
every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of
men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they
lie in wait to deceive" Eph 4:14.
Our Heavenly Father has each of us placed in a particular
"workshop" - situations that become cutting tools
and sandpaper to form within us the image of His Son. One
plant grows best in the desert; another in a rain forest.
This "plant" speaks of the potential of which we
are capable, and the particular environment we need in which
to best "mature."
We must both know and submit to His will and purpose for
this to be accomplished. In my personal life, I desired to
go to Philadelphia and pioneer a church, but I had asked the
Lord to "plant" me in the right environment for
my growth; therefore, He sovereignly sent me to Pinecrest.
The enemy told Adam and Eve that by partaking of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, they would be "as
God." This meant independence from the rule of God, free
to choose their own way. But our own way will never produce
the maturity the Lord desires for us.
The most meaningful thing we can do is to submit our lives
back to God, renounce our independence, come under His governmental
rule, and return the responsibility for the development of
our lives to the Lord - not to be self made, but to be God
It is not possible for us to etch the image and likeness
of the Son upon our features and change ourselves to look
like Him. We must turn our lives over to the Father, who knows
what the Son looks like, and who greatly desires to produce
sons in His image and likeness.
"Divine Guidance" means that we are actively seeking
and cooperating with our Heavenly Father in this outworking
of His desire and intention.
He will make the arrangements. All we need do is give Him
permission to move us through the necessary processings, and
as a result, we will reach the destined point.