The Power of Divine Direction and How To Obtain It
Updated: Jun 30
God’s ways are far above the ways of man. The Lord says in Isaiah 55 verses 8 – 9:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. (New King James Version)
God knows all things; He knows how the end will be even from the beginning (see Isaiah 46:10). Does it not, therefore, make the most sense to get directions from God on which way you should go and what actions you should take? God loves you and is willing to direct you in the right way.
To receive divine direction means to be guided by God. In the Bible, we read in 1 Samuel 16 where the prophet, Samuel went to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the king of Israel. God told Samuel that He had chosen a new king from one of the sons of Jesse. God told him to go, and He would show him which of Jesse’s son’s to anoint as king. When Samuel saw Eliab, he said to himself that Eliab was the one God had chosen to be king. But the scripture records in 1 Samuel 16 verse 7:
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (New International Version)
Eventually, God picked David whom no one expected or could have imagined becoming the king of Israel. God does not look at what people look at; God has His own set of metrics for decision-making. There may be an opportunity presenting itself right now that ticks all the 'right' boxes and looks good, but God can see the end right now, and He is in a position to give you the direction on what to do about that opportunity.
The same thing goes for marriage; a person may look good today; with beauty, strength, wealth, connections, family name, etc. Only God can see what tomorrow holds, and God can tell if the person is a good match for you or not. Many people who make a shipwreck of their lives and destinies do so because they rely on the looks and appearances before them in people, business opportunities, job offers, location for ministry, type of ministry, choice of geographic location, career, friends, etc.
The scripture in Proverbs 16:25 makes very clear the importance of divine direction.
There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death (NKJV).
God provides direction in various areas and in numerous ways. Here are some of the forms divine direction takes.
1. God Directs His Children The Way They Should Go
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” (NIV)
God directs on the exact way to go to a place or the specific way to achieve an aim. When God directs you on the way to go, you are sure of arriving at your destination. God knows the right path you need to take to achieve your purpose.
2. God Directs His Children Around Timing And Seasons
God can direct you on what is the right time to take any given step in life.
In Genesis 26: 1 – 6 when there was a famine in the land, God told Isaac not to go down to Egypt, but to stay in that land for a while. God then prospered him and he became great in that place (and time).
Genesis 26: 2 – 3
The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham (NIV).
Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father.
Acts 1: 4 – 5
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (NKJV)
3. God Gives Divine Ideas For Business And Other Endeavours
God is the creator. He is creative and all-knowing, and He can direct you on what to do to prosper; what business to do, what career path to embark on, and He can also reveal an invention, or business ideas to you.
An example is Abraham. He dug wells (Genesis 26: 18 – 22), and used irrigation systems for his livestock farming. Jacob received a divine idea that led to great wealth transfer (Genesis 30: 25 – 43).
God gave Moses specific instructions on how to build the tabernacle (Exodus 25:40).
4. God Gives Divine Directions On The Solutions To Specific Problems
In Joshua Chapter 6 God told Joshua to take the Israelites and continue the journey to the Promised Land, but a city they had to pass through, Jericho was securely shut, and had high walls. So God gave them specific directives on how to take the city, and pass through to take their inheritance (Joshua 6: 1 - 5).
In 2 Chronicles 20 God gave specific instructions that led to victory over the enemy.
In Exodus 15: 22 – 25 we see Moses and the Israelites travelling in the wilderness, and they came to an oasis, but the water was too bitter to drink. So Moses cried to God, and God showed him a piece of wood. When Moses threw the wood into the water, it healed the water and made it good to drink. You can draw parallels with your own existence today; if there is anything causing bitterness and lack of any kind, you can ask God to reveal to you what to do.
How To Obtain Divine Direction
1. You Have To Become A Child Of God
To receive divine direction, you need to become a child of God. This is the first requirement for obtaining divine direction. You become a child of God by surrendering your life to Jesus; and you become born again. Only children of God are led by God.
The Bible says in Romans 8: 14 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (NIV).
If you have not already become a child of God by surrendering your life to Jesus, and making Him the Lord of your life, you can so do right now by praying the Salvation Prayer out loud, and (mean it from your heart).
2. Ask God For Divine Direction
When you are a child of God, you can ask for what you want from God, including divine direction.
Matthew 7: 7 – 11
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (NIV)
The Lord also says in Jeremiah 33 verse 3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” To receive anything from God you need to ask in faith.
James 1: 5 - 7
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. (NIV)
3. Be Meek, Humble, And Willing To Receive Instructions From God
The Bible says in Psalm 25:9 (NKJV)
The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.
To receive direction from God you need to be humble about it, and be willing to accept God's direction.
4. Spend Time In Worship
God will speak to you and give you divine direction as you spend time worshipping God in the quietness of your home, or wherever you can worship God and connect with Him. You can choose to worship God for hours at a time; worshipping the beauty of His holiness and the excellence of His majesty. The Holy Spirit will speak to you and reveal God’s direction.
When you get to a place where all you are doing for hours is lifting God up and exalting His Holy Name, you get His attention and He comes to fellowship with you, and answers your inquiries.
The Lord says in Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.: (KJV)
5. Pray in Tongues
God speaks to his children and gives them divine direction through visions. A way to receive visions is by praying in the spirit (praying in tongues) for hours at a time. When you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it comes with the evidence of speaking in tongues. If you would like God to reveal things to you, find a quiet place and fellowship with God, and ask God to reveal those things. Then pray in tongues for hours while asking God in your heart to reveal the issues to you.
When you want to start praying in tongues, tell the Holy Spirit “Holy Spirit, I yield my mouth, tongue, and spirit to you, come and help me pray for …………..” and then pray in tongues for as many hours as you can. A minister (very likely Oral Roberts) has said it takes six hours of praying in tongues for your vision to open and you see into the realm of the spirit. When this happens you get the divine direction you desire.
6. Have a Closer Walk With God, and Obey The Word of God
God speaks through His Word always. As a child of God, you can always start there to hear God’s voice and directions.
Jeremiah 7:23 (New King James Version)
But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’
You will receive divine direction when you establish a real connection with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will speak to you and guide you. Establish a daily prayer time, and make it a habit to fellowship daily with God through worship and studying His Word.
Putting It All Together
Divine direction is crucial in order to live a life where you fulfil destiny and take all the right steps. One instruction from God can change a pauper to a billionaire, one instruction from God can lead you to meet your right spouse with whom you will fulfil your purpose, one instruction from God can move you into your right ministry, one instruction from God can move you from toiling in total obscurity into the right field of endeavour. Seek divine direction and obtain it because it makes all the difference.
About the Author
Edikan Uko is an entrepreneur, and management consultant focusing on strategic management and innovation. She is also a Bible teacher, speaker, Founder and President of Judah Global Intercessors, and editor of LoveFaithandMiracles.com