George Mueller, a fine Christian living at the turn of the 20th. century, wrote:
“I seek in the beginning to get my heart in such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. None-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If I do so, I make myself liable to a great delusion. I see the will or Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone, without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the holy Spirit guides us at all, it will be according to the Scriptures, and never contrary to them. Next, I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s will, in connection with his Word and his Spirit. I ask God in prayer to reveal his will to me aright. Thus by the prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to deliberate judgment according to the best of my knowledge and opportunity, and, if my mind is thus at peace, I proceed accordingly.”
Thus we see, God 'speaks' to us in a variety of harmonious ways. First and foremost is through His word – the Bible. The Bible is our text book for the school of Christ. There we find important lessons, examples, and instruction.
Secondly, God speaks to us through His people. Gal 2:11-14 illustrates that God used the Apostle Paul to correct the Apostle Peter. Seek counsel from others who are of strong faith, and be willing to listen when advice is not sought. When we share our experiences and challenges with mature Christians, they may offer scriptures that we had not considered. Additionally, the experiences of others can help guide us when we are under similar circumstances.
Thirdly, God speaks to us through situations. It was God's will that Joseph was carried away to Egypt so that he could save his family many years later. His brethren meant evil, but God meant it for good. (Gen 50:20) God also 'spoke' to the Philistines when they stole the ark of the covenant. After seven months, they were afraid God would destroy them. Consequently, they returned the ark to Israel. (1Sam 5)
Sometimes the path God wills for us is the only path available. Sometimes there is more than one choice. However, when we are emptied of self-will, the Bible, scriptural principles, the holy Spirit, and providence will guide the decision. If you proceed through the door you think is God’s choice, but that door closes, be ready and willing to try a different scriptural door. God will will close the doors to the paths He does not want you to take.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3: 5, 6