by Rex Yancey

Guidance for Graduates
Rex Yancey
Psalm 32:8

One of the most fundamental questions we can ask is ''Does God really guide my life?'' Most of us have felt from time to time that we have sensed God's guidance in our lives. However, there are times when we experienced a vacuum in our lives when it seemed that God was far away.

I have discovered after fifty years of ministry that God's guidance is like a road map in reverse. God does not give us a map and say you will go from here to here. However, after I look back on my life and ministry, I can see where God has directed me from one place to another.

A good prayer for graduates is ''Lord I want to know you are guiding me. I want to know that I am following your will for my life. I don't want to miss it. I don't want to mess up in any way. I really have a desire to know you and to follow your will.''

The psalmist believed that God guided him. This text should remind us that God is still in the guiding business.


God has a plan in guiding our lives. Russ Johnson, in Christianity Today, wrote about a seminar he held, where he conducted a poll concerning how Christians felt about determining God's will for their lives. He asked them to indicate things in which they most desired God's leading. When he received their papers, he found the items they listed fell basically in two categories: vocation and location. He said, ''Strangely enough, in the Bible there is very little about God's guidance in vocation and location.''

Ephesians 1:4 says, ''For he chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will.'' Why? V. 12 says, ''In order that we who were first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.'' God's plan for our lives is not to place us in a certain vocation or location, but that we might be the praise of ...

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