How to Know God’s Will, Part 1

Many people want to know, how do we know God’s will?  For decisions about relationships, careers, opportunities, etc., Christians want to seek God’s will before moving forward.

First, we must surrender our false ideas about this process.  We misunderstand God, and so we misunderstand how we know His will for our lives.  God is a good father, not a complex 8-ball.  He is not arbitrary, secretive, or draconian.   We don’t have to beg, dig, or bargain for an answer from some elaborately encoded message.

For 7 myths about God’s will and 4 questions we must ask in knowing God’s will, see this article: http://www.drurywriting.com/keith/Gods.will.htm.

So God’s will is not hidden, nebulous, nor inflexible.  So what IS His will?

The Bible is clear – “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:38-40, NIV).

God’s will is that everyone who has faith in the Son of God should have eternal life.  So the question becomes, “What option will lead to the most people being saved? If I make this choice, will this bring me closer to Christ?  In a year, will I be doing personal ministry or less because of this decision?”

Furthermore, 1 Thessalonians 5 has clear, practical guidelines for the daily Christian life. Specifically, verses 16 – 18 say, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

The fact remains that God’s will is not so much about where we should be, but about what attitude we have as we live each day (a thanksgiving, prayerful spirit).  It’s not so much about which career to choose, but about how we lead others to Jesus in that field.  God wants us to focus not so much on what we do in the unseen tomorrow but on what we do in the known today.

So instead of worrying about the future, let’s take decisive actions today.  Today, do God’s will of helping a neighbor see God’s love.  Then, God can trust you to follow His will tomorrow and will continue to mold your character and life according to His good and perfect will.

Father God, please forgive me for asking You to show me Your will for my future while neglecting Your will for my present.  Help me to be faithful today, and today, and today.  I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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