And then Solomon asked God to leave him little hints about what he should do . . .

No, wait, that isn’t how it went.  It was more like this:

1 Kings 3:5–12 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.

Far too many Christians turn to un-biblical thinking when it comes to Decision making and the will of God (click the link to a set of PowerPoint slides on the topic).  They think they have to look for little clues that God leaves them, as if that is a biblical style of communication from the Lord.  It isn’t.

Consider what Solomon asked for: Wisdom and discernment to make good decisions.  He didn’t ask God to come make every decision and tell him what to do.

When God spoke in the Bible He was very clear.  People didn’t wonder if the message was from him or not.  So ask God for wisdom and discernment.  Read Proverbs — and the rest of the Bible — a lot.  Seek wise counsel.  Choose what is moral and wise, then feel free to apply your personal preferences.  Enjoy the freedom you have in Christ!

If God wants to give you a sign it will be unmistakable, but He isn’t obligated to do so and the occurrences are rare.  Oh, and the burden of proof is on those claiming revelation from God.

From Stand to Reason:

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From elsewhere on the Interwebs (sources unknown — these were Facebook memes).

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