Understanding Divine Direction – By Bishop David Oyedepo


Sometime ago, I met a man whom I considered to be a highly anointed
man of God. As we were talking, he said to me, “I took a wrong step in 1981,
and since then, my life and ministry went down.” After we parted ways, his
words kept reverberating in my mind – a wrong step taken in 1981, and he is still paying the price today! Every step you take now either takes you forward or backward. One of the greatest mishaps that can ever happen to a man is to lack an idea of where he is going and how to get there. Many have rushed into certain open doors, only to discover that they were traps in disguise. Others have been deceived by the glitter of certain business propositions, and have come to realize that not all that glitters is gold. That is why this book is timely.

We greatly need God’s direction; because, often, the decisions we make in
life are based on our assessment, which may not be absolutely correct.
Everything may seem right and may appear satisfactory to the human eye, but at the end of it is frustration, stagnation and untimely death. I believe it is as a result of this truth that the writer of Proverbs repeats the contents of Proverbs 14:12 verbatim in chapter 16:25; perhaps for double emphasis. \

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death. Proverbs 16:25

Man, even in his best mental state, is incapable of making reliable and
durable decisions. He may lay all his cards on the table, or weigh his
decisions on the scales of intellectualism, events and facts. His colleagues
may even approve his ideas which “seemeth right” by their assessment; but,
“the end thereof is the way of death.” No human effort can match God’s
direction!

You may be thinking, “Does it mean that I can’t simply sit down and plan
what I want to do and pursue it? What is all this ado about direction?”

Please understand that you are limited as a human being, which is why you will always need God’s guidance. Your thoughts are not His thoughts; His
thoughts on any issue of life are higher, and therefore lead to the highways of life.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my
ways, saith the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

You need to be divinely directed, because misdirection can lead to many
years of set back, and can even wipe out a man’s destiny. Many have
travelled out of their countries to other places and have become worse off,
because the answer to any man’s problem is not in a nation, but in God.
However, I trust that as you read this book God will instruct and guide you
along definite lines. He will open your ears to hear His direction on issues
that had confused you in the past, and consequently, you will locate yourself in God’s master plan.