If you face a decision, and there is no biblical command relating directly to that specific choice, should you wait for a dream or a vision or a voice in your head? Will there be some miracle in the circumstances to point the way? Well, I will not dare to say that God can’t use any of those means. But I think I can say that these are not his normal means of guidance in such cases.

It seems to me that the Bible describes the ordinary guidance of God as the development of spiritual sensitivity. In other words, the prerequisite of divine guidance is not the quest for messages, but the quest for holiness. Guidance is the product not of ecstatic heights but of spiritual depth.

Normally God guides his children through alertness to circumstances, and through spiritual sensitivity to the present implications of God’s character and purposes revealed in his Word.

In other words, God guides us by bringing our hearts and minds into harmony or sympathy with his own heart and mind so that when we study a situation, we discern (you might even say intuit) what path would best accord with the character and purposes of God that we know from Scripture.

So what we ought to be asking when we pray, “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,” is that God would create in us a spiritual and moral conformity to himself and that he would help us see all the relevant factors that relate to the decision we’re about to make. God teaches us his way by alerting us to significant facts of the situation and by awakening us to the implications of his character and his purpose.

~From The Goodness of God and the Guidance of Sinners by John Piper

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