It seems that the horse and the mule picture two wrong attitudes you might have when you are seeking the Lord’s guidance. The horse wants to charge ahead; the mule wants to lag behind. The horse tends to be impatient, high spirited and impetuous. The mule on the other hand, is stubborn, intractable and lazy. The psalmist says that neither animal has understanding. Both have to be controlled by bit and bridle, otherwise they will not come near to their master. God’s desire is that you be sensitive by His leading, not plunging ahead in your own wisdom and not holding back when He has shown His will. Ask God to confirm His guidance in the mouths of two or three witnesses. He has said, “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established”(Matthew 18:16). These witnesses may include a verse of Scripture, the counsel of your Pastor and the marvellous converging of circumstances. If you get two or three distinct indications of His will, you will not have any doubts.

If you are seeking God’s guidance and no guidance comes, then God’s guidance is for you to stay where you are, darkness about going is light about staying “Wait until the guidance is so clear that to refuse would be positive disobedience. The children of Israel were forbidden to move until the pillar of cloud and fire moved. No rationalization on their part could excuse independent action. Their responsibility was to move when the cloud moved – not sooner and not later. Finally the peace of Christ umpire in your heart. That is a free translation of Colossians 3:15. It means that when God is really guiding, He so influences our intellects and emotions that we have peace about the right way and no peace about any other way. If you are anxious to know the divine will and quick to obey it, you will not need the bit and bridle of God’s discipline.

Usually God guides along five main routes-through prayerful reading of Scriptures, through the preaching of God’s word, through reason, through circumstances and through a strong inner witness. First you need to surrender your own likes or dislikes to God in prayer and determine to have no will of your own in the matter. Your desire should be: “Not my will but Thine be done” One of these paths, a deeper peace may rest not a thrill not pleasure but peace. This may be the road down which God wants you to travel. “For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even unto death” (Psalm 48:14). A traveler in Africa complained to his guide, “There is no road, no path in this jungle, we have lost our way. The guide calmly replied, ‘There is no way, I am the way’. Our Lord is the way, when we are with Him.

When an ocean liner sank along the Irish coast many years ago, the maritime world was bewildered. Because the ship’s captain was an excellent seaman, no one could figure out what caused the accident. Divers were sent down and one of them brought the ship’s compass. As they opened the compass box, they found the point of a knife blade inside. Apparently while cleaning the compass, an unwary sailor had broken off the tip of the knife, which had become lodged inside the device. It was just a tiny piece of metal, but it was enough to cause the compass to give a bad reading. As a result, the ship took the wrong course and crashed into the rocky coast.

I know not the way he leads me, but well do I know my guide.