The Triangle of Discernment

Have you ever asked God for sign? After all, life overflows with difficult decisions, ambiguous pathways, and sundry uncertainties. That’s why asking God for some kind of clarity or confirmation can be so enticing!

There’s good news: God has already given us direction about how to clarify his will for our lives. Let me suggest three methods in what I call the Triangle of Discernment.

The first point on the triangle is the Bible. It’s the primary place where we learn about God’s will. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is “inspired.” That’s huge! It’s pregnant and giving birth to God’s wisdom every day!

The second point on the triangle is Prayer. If I listed all of the places in the Bible where we are encouraged to pray and talk with God this post would be 20 pages long.

The third point on the triangle is Counsel. This is simply getting together with other trustworthy Christians to talk through your situation, question or problem, and getting their input. 1 Corinthians 12 describes the church as a “body” where everyone has different gifts to share with the group; two of those gifts are wisdom and knowledge. I also think of Proverbs 15:22: “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.”

Do you need direction from God? Try the Triangle of Discernment: Bible, Prayer and Counsel.

God’s wisdom might be more accessible—and obtainable—than you think.

By Matthew Ruttan

You can now WATCH the sermon that this devotional is based on. It’s my latest message called “Asking God For a Sign” and you can watch it on YouTube here. Enjoy! [Hear the audio-only version here.]
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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