Read Four Ways God Leads His People, by John Piper at Bible Study Tools.
"I see at least four methods that God uses to leads us in his will. I put them in four "D’s" to help me remember them."
"God sovereignly decrees and designs circumstances so that we end up where he wants us to be even if we don’t have any conscious part in getting there."
24 and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken ; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here !" 29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved ?"
31 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33 And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household.
I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
"This is simply what God does for us by giving us the commands and teachings of the Bible... God reveals his directions in the Bible."
"Discernment is how we follow God’s leading through the process of spiritually sensitive application of biblical truth to the particularities of our situation."
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
"This is the least common means of God’s leading. He simply declares to us what we should do."
But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, "Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a desert road. )
Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."
"...the truth that God is sovereign and guides all things is the rock bottom confidence under all others. It is a good place to rest."