receive for an inheritance, and went out, not knowing where he was going. … Hebrews 11:8
If we are born again, we have access by the Holy Spirit to the actual thoughts and intentions of Jesus, the bible says. Isn’t that the most amazing thing? No man can know the thoughts of another man except the spirit of that man, the scripture says, but now we have the Spirit of God living inside of us, instructing, leading and guiding us. We are now His temple, His home. He lives in us and we carry Him around with us in the person of the Holy Spirit. We are His temple.
Some things that happened to me in the last couple of years have really brought this truth home to me. Sometimes we are led to people, places, and things and do not really know we are being led. We may realize it later, as events “seem” to fall into place. Other times, we may have strong inclinations to do something, as in a compelling sensation. For the believer who is submitted to God and His Word, these are definite signs of the Spirit’s leading. We have the mind of Christ, we have access to His thoughts. He wants us to know what He is thinking. He wants to lead us and help us find His plan for our lives. He really does want us to know.
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15
In the Old Testament, God declared Abraham was His friend because “Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” When God was getting ready to judge Sodom and Gomorrah, He said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” Abraham had a nephew living in Sodom. I believe God did not want to deal with Sodom, the city where Abraham’s nephew lived, without giving Abraham a chance to intercede on Lot’s behalf. His intercession proved effective, and Lot and his family were taken out of the city before judgment came. If you read the story in Genesis, 19 you will find the angels said they could not do anything until Lot and his family were out of the city. Abraham is a picture of God partnering with a man, letting him know what His plans were, what He was thinking. God still does this, letting man know when judgment may come, so that men can pray and perhaps avert judgment or be rescued.
There are scriptures that affirm these thoughts. Consider all these different versions of Proverbs 16:9. Read them slowly and thoughtfully and meditate on their meaning.
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” NIV
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” NLT
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” ESV
“A man’s heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Berean Study Bible
“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”NASB
“We make our own plans, but the LORD decides where we will go.” CEV
“A person plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.” NET Bible
I have had some experiences with God in the past couple of years that really reinforced to me the truth of this Proverb. I have written of them elsewhere on this blog. (Here.) For me, when nudging goes from occasional thoughts to an almost overwhelming “I must do this,” I am most likely being led by Him.
So in conclusion, I must concede that as we go about our daily lives, as our hearts are turned to Him, if we are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and have become His temple through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and as we pray and have communion with Him, He will trust us and share with us His thoughts and plans, perhaps through a thought here or there, or a nudge, an urge to call someone, to find someone or something so that even when we are not aware of it, our steps are truly being ordered of the Lord according to the plan He has for our lives. There is absolutely no other explanation, because I don’t believe in “coincidence.” Coincidence is just another name for “God at work.”
What “coincidences” have you seen in your life lately? Perhaps it is “God at work.”
Pray: Dear Jesus, I so want to see You working in my life. I want to know You more and see you doing things that I can know is You. Open my eyes to see You every day. I really do want to find Your will for my life and to see Your plans done on the earth in my life and the life of my family.