F. B. Meyer writes these words in his book, The Secret of Guidance:
God’s impressions within and his words without are always corroborated by his providence around, and we should quietly wait until those three focus into one point. . . . The circumstances of our daily life are to us an infallible indication of God’s will, when they concur with the inward promptings of the Spirit with the Word of God.
There are ‘three lights’ that serve as guiding points of reference when we discuss hearing God’s voice or gaining guidance in life. They are: impressions of the Spirit, passages from the Bible, and circumstances.
It is important that, when making decisions and living day-to-day, we consider how these three lights are guiding us in obedience to God.
Dallas Willard says this:
It is possible to understand this precious advice in such a way that it completely resolves any problem about divine guidance. . . . But for those who do not yet have a confident, working familiarity with the Voice, the three lights may speedily result in a swirl of confusion (Hearing God 183).
So, when we think of ‘getting guidance’ from God, we need to consider the three lights. But we also need to consider whether or not we actually are developing a daily familiarity with God that enables us to rightly see the guidance He is giving through our circumstances, the Spirit’s impressions, and the Scriptures.