Sometimes, we fall into a rut and begin missing our path. When we fall into a rut of sorts, we should know we are out of our element, so to speak, and doing things incorrectly.
Let's talk about this in the literal sense - if I was driving down a road and my car's tires got stuck in a muddy rut and began to slide off the road into a great fall that would damage my car greatly, I would no doubt know it as it is happening. Afterall, it's your car and you're driving it - much like life (it's your life, and you're living it). This knowledge would not be of much use or comfort if I then had to get out and stand by helplessly watching the car slide to eventual doom, would it? The damage would be done, and that would be that, and I'd be left trying to decide if the car is worth going down and saving or if I should just call it in to the insurance and local authorities, scrap it, and find a new one and move on with life.
Now, is this idea the same when a Christian realizes the fact that he has missed God’s guidance and gone down the wrong road, making bad choices that go against the Word, and is the damage from these wrong choices irrevocable?
Of course not! And Thank God!
Our God is a God who not only understands this very nature of our being, He created us afterall, and also not only restores us when we do fall, but takes up our mistakes into His plan for us and brings good out of them. God's soverignty over all things has no limit:
Joel 2:25-26 (NIV): I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm - my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.
Jesus is our savior, and He is the same yesterday as He is today and will be tomorrow. Remember when He restored Peter after his denial and corrected his course multiple times again even after that? Acts 10 is a very good read and explains this thoroughly.
Guidance, like all of God’s blessings given under the covenant of grace, is a sovereign act. Not only does God guide us in the sense of showing us His path so that we may take it, He guides us in the more fundamental way of ensuring that, no matter what happens and no matter what mistakes we make, we shall come safely home.
Slips and falls will happen, no doubt, but His everlasting arms are beneath us; we shall be caught, rescued, and restored. This is God’s promise; this is how good He is.
This leads us to the best context for discussing guidance, and it is one of confidence in God who will not let us ruin our souls. Our self-distrust, though it keeps us humble, must not cloud the joy with which we lean on the Lord in all things.
Keep your eyes and heart on the Lord, and if you find yourself in a "rut", there is hope, and it starts with Jesus and the Word of God. There is a literal answer for everything you are facing in life in the Bible, if you only look for it.