We were visiting Lagos a while back and just as we approached Lagos, I engaged Google Maps. Even though we had been to that location several times, we did not want to rely on our personal experience. 

Google Maps at a point said it had found a better route and asked if I would want the alternative. I accepted. It took us through a route I had never taken to that location before but I trusted it all the way and it got us home in good time.

There is leading by experience. God honours our experience. Experience can be a great map for finding our way at times on the journey in life. People look out for experienced hands. Why? Experience comes with a level of trust. 

For instance, the crew trusted the captain of the ship over the counsel of Paul. Why? Paul was not a sailor. He was a prisoner. Who would rely on the counsel of a prisoner even if he says he heard from the Lord? 

Paul advised them, saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship but also our lives.” Nevertheless, the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul. 

Acts 27:9 – 11 NKJV

Experience counts but the experience can be limited. You must therefore submit your experience to the leading of the Spirit of God also. God may lead you through unfamiliar routes but you must trust Him to get you there.

The leading of God is superior to our human experience. Your experience draws insight from yesterday. The leading of God has the advantage of knowing all things including tomorrow. 

Economic advice can fail. A financial forecast can fail. We must be knowledgeable in all these things but we must equally know that there is a place of divine leading. 

Solomon is a wise man. He told us to make plans but then he said that we should commit our plans into the hands of the Lord. Why? Only the Lord can establish our way. 

temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa.

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