Alice meets The Cheshire Cat in a tree. It constantly grins and can disappear and reappear whenever it likes. Sometimes it disappears and leaves its grin behind.
On one occasion, Alice is perplexed as she approaches a fork in the road.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” she says.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to” says the Cat.
“I don’t much care, where” says Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter much which way you go” says the Cat.
How important it is for us as believers to discern the purposes and the direction of God for our lives. Sometimes, it feels as if we are sailing the seas of life, blown by winds, drawn by currents wherever time and chance direct our sail-less dingy to go.
However, we must remember God’s wonderful promise in Psalm 32.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.” (Psalm 32:8-9)
So according to God’s Word “There is a way you should go”. That means there are plenty of other ways you should NOT go!
Most of us have learned there are many different ways to fall off a cliff, but only one road that is leads to the other side of the mountain.
How do I discern the will of God? How do I know which way to go?
Much could be said. Much more has been written. But perhaps we can simplify it.
James says “You have not because you ask not. If anyone lacks wisdom let him ask.”
Remember even someone as godly as Joshua was misled because he leaned on his own understanding rather asking the Lord for direction.
Then consider the following: