August 31, 2020
A Word of Guidance
excellent book, Discoveries in
Ministry, my spiritually wise
friend, Dr. John Shiver, relates this
vital lesson of divine guidance.
great missionary once said, 'People keep
asking me what God is saying to do about
my ministry. I always tell them that I
just keep doing and doing and doing the
last thing He told me to do, and that
was to go to Africa and preach Jesus.
I've been doing that for the past 42
years and will keep doing it until He
"As a result of staying where God had
put him, thousands of churches had been
raised up and millions were touched by
the power of God that flowed through his
life. We need to practice this man's
secret. We need to keep on doing the
last thing He told us to do, while
always listening carefully for further
instructions. If no new instructions
come, just keep on going, because you
are in the center of His will."
Are God's "marching orders" clear in
your life? Has He led you where you are?
Has He given you a duty, trade,
profession, or ministry to pursue? Have
you pursued it for some time, perhaps
many years, without dramatic redirection
from above? Do you wish the cloud of His
presence would, at long last, lift
and move so you could break
camp and follow it to something new,
something different, something more
exciting? Ponder and heed the wise
advice above. Why?
It is from above! Do the last thing He
told you. Do it in communion with Jesus.
Do it heartily. Do it with absolute
confidence He told you to do
it. Stay faithful, knowing He loves and
rewards faithfulness. Do it "steadfast,
unmovable, always abounding in the work
of the Lord," knowing, "your labor is
not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians
15:58). Do not doubt you are in the
right place because you witness no
angelic visitations, hear no heavenly
choruses, see no astounding miracles, or
feel no tingling sensations. Just hold
steadily to God's word of guidance.
this: if you stay where God put you and
do what God told you, God is obligated
to bless you. You will see Him use you
and bless others through you - all in
His time and way. Where you are, in
God's will, not where you wish you were,
is the place you may best know His
presence, peace, and anointing, and help
build His kingdom most fruitfully. When
new orders come, He'll see to it that
you know it.
Doing the last
thing, till further orders,