We, as believers, the one thing we always aim for is letting the Lord lead us. In the book of John, when Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit, He says that He will lead us into all truth. We know that The Holy Spirit will lead us. In my studies and experience I have seen the Lord use different ways to lead me. There are two ways that the Lord uses to lead us. The two ways are the Red Sea style and the River Jordan style.
Exodus 14:21, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.”
The Red Sea style, the Lord tells you up front what your purpose is. You can see in the life of Jesus that He knew what His purpose was. Paul is another example the Lord used the Red Sea style. He told him what His purpose and what to expect. Another one is Noah. The Lord told him to build an ark because a flood was coming. These are but a few examples. Some people the Lord will lead using this style of leadership. This is what the Lord used in my life. I knew what the Lord had for me, when I was ten years old.
Joshua 3:14-17, “So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water…Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.”
The other way the Lord uses to lead people I call it the River Jordan Style. In this style He won’t tell you up front what He has in store for you. He will just give you a direction to go. The waters didn’t part until the priests touched the water with their feet. They had to make a step of faith. An example that comes to mind is Abraham. God told Abraham leave his country and He gave him was a promise.
These styles of leadership aren’t mutually exclusive. God uses both in our lives for certain reasons. His reasons are always for our good. Both styles require faith from us. They require us to step out and trust that God has our backs and knows what He is doing.