Red, Green and Yellow are the colours in traffic lights. They give you directions to stop, move, and wait. When translated to daily living, these lights can be guiding lights. But even when the meaning of these lights are plain; there is a lot of confusion when people take decisions. Therefore people seek God for guidance. And sure he does guide you.
Let me start with two promises in the Bible. God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”1 And yet again, This is what the LORD says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”2
The first and foremost thing to note here is that God is interested in guiding you. He is not watching you from a remote place far away and see you struggle and offering no help. In fact, he is very keen on helping you and guiding you. In this respect, the light is green.
The second thought is that God has your best in mind always. Therefore he seeks to help us understand what is best in our lives. Often it is here that conflicts come. We want to move in one direction and God switches on red lights. But we tend to ignore them generally. Sometimes logic is not what works when God moves in your life. There is a gentle impress of the Spirit of God in your heart. There is no mistaking when he nudges you to move, stop, or wait.
The third thought is about speed. Of course, we all love to reach our destinations quickly. But in God’s economy of things; waiting has a prominent place. We might not know when God is going to move things forward; but he will only give the assurance that he will act. Therefore we have to learn to wait for God’s time in our lives. And trust that his time is best till yellow gives way to green.
Let me end with yet another truth that the Bible highlights. It says that God’s Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.3 Its guidance is about what God’s mind is about. The reading of the Bible and meditating on it ensures that you learn to recognize red, green, and yellow when it shines. Yet isn’t it amazing that people who seek Google Maps to guide them to locations find it difficult to trust God and his wisdom for guidance in their lives?
1Psalm 32:8 Bible NIV
2Isaiah 48:17 Bible NIV
1Psalm 119:105 Bible