“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” -Psalm 119:105
This path is not straight-line, in fact, it almost always contains various turns. The Holy Spirit is the one that guides us on that path – the path of life. The word of God only illuminates the ground in front of us, but in order to move, we must have the direction given by the Holy Spirit.
The word of God confirms the guidance of the Holy Spirit, but does not in itself presume fulfillment of the plan laid out in our life. That is why we need the Holy Spirit to guide us in the understanding of the word of God. The fact is that we will not find all the details in the Bible. For example, such things as who our spouse will be, what career we should choose, what kind of education we should have, these are the details that are of great importance to us, but we do not always see them specified in the Bible. Something similar has been written about Jesus, who did so many miracles, that if all were written down, it would not be possible to record them in all the books in the world.
I believe that this is the case so that we can get to know him and have confidence in God sincerely and from the heart, not simply relying on certain biblical principles. The Holy Spirit, who reveals to us the essence of wisdom, is the One who guides us into certain truths for our lives. He always confirms this and reveals them in us personally so that we can follow them. Perhaps the path on which we should walk is not the path we initially thought would be the correct one or that we ourselves would have chosen, but yet, if it is from the Holy Spirit, it will be the perfect path for us.
In this context, I often think and quote this verse: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Prov. 19:21). Not always are our plans bad or destructive. On the contrary, most of us wish and plan useful and dignified things. This is especially obvious from the position of parents, as we surely want and plan beautiful things for our children. Yet, the wisest option is for God’s plan to prevail, which is always the best for us. I would like to remind and point out the fact that very often we are in a hurry and we want our things, things we think should belong to us. But, it is wise not to hurry. It is always good to stop and listen to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit who never wants to harm us. He is called the Spirit of grace, He has nothing against us!