Is He interested in what happens to us as individuals? Does He really have a master plan for our lives? Or are we merely victims of blind chance?
God is indeed interested in us as individuals. He does in fact have a master plan for our lives, and He does truly want to speak to us. Jesus described Himself as our Good Shepherd (see John 10:11). And as His sheep, we can hear His voice.
But how can we know when God is the one speaking? We need to remember that God speaks to us primarily through His Word. He will never lead us contrary to anything He says there. We don't have to go any further than the Bible to know the will of God for our lives. Psalm 19:8 says, "The statutes of the Lord are right." In the original language, this verse means that God's Word has set out the right path for us to follow. We don't have to lose our bearings in the fog of human opinion or let our fickle emotions lead us astray. Instead, we have a sure guide: the Word of God.
We are to think about God's Word, we are to ponder it, and we are to meditate in it day and night. C.H. Spurgeon said, "Nobody ever outgrows Scripture. The Book widens and deepens with our years." As a result of spending time in God's Word, you will bring forth spiritual fruit.
So listen to your Shepherd. Read His Word, and let it bear fruit in your life.
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