“To ask for the guidance of God is to make a choice, and this takes faith. It must be faith of a far higher kind than the breezy ‘if I like what I see I’ll take it.' It is faith that has strength to wait for the rewards God holds, strength to believe they are worth waiting for, worth the price asked.
Our prayers for guidance (or for anything else) really begin here: I trust him. This requires abandonment. We are no longer saying 'If I trust him, he’ll give me such and such,'
but 'I trust him. Let him give me or withhold from me what he chooses.'”
~Excerpt from “Introduction”
However, it’s not that easy. We can’t simplify the intents and purposes of an infinite God into a series of bullet-points comprehendible by finite men. It’s impossible and unreasonable. But at the same time, discovering God’s will is not a game of chance or a haphazard endeavor. It must be pursued with purpose and through a process. A Slow and Certain Light sheds much light on this topic.
Written by Elisabeth Elliot in 1973, this little, 116 page book published by WORD BOOKS holds much wisdom and insight into discerning God’s will for our lives. But this is not a “how to” book. It doesn’t contain secret tips and tricks on how to “discover” the will of God. Rather, Elliot’s emphasis is on faithfulness, obedience, and trust.
If you walk faithfully the road God sets before you one step at a time and trust God through the processes, you’ll find His will for your life. However, God’s will is not always what we think or imagine it to be. Often times it includes unforeseen seasons and situations that we might not have chosen for ourselves. Nevertheless, the path of faithfulness requires obedience no matter where the road takes us. As Elisabeth writes in her chapter “The Objectives”:
May the Lord open your eyes to His light and truth through the pages of A Slow and Certain Light!