The difficulty of knowing when and how to make connections between the great commandments and these kinds of decisions (both life-shaping and smaller ones) have led many to give up trying. Instead, they seek some other way to know the will of God. They suggest looking for signs, “fleece,” “open doors,” promptings, peaceful sensations, audible voices, or perhaps even inaudible ones. Others suggest looking to spiritual directors, disciplers, church elders, prophecy, or “words of knowledge.” From one angle, such approaches seem rather tame compared to the extraordinary and sometimes bizarre ways (casting lots, Balaam’s donkey) God revealed himself to people in the Bible. Which way is right?
— James Petty, from Step By Step, p. 10