Finding God’s Will (Who Said It’s Lost?)

Christians are often forced to make critical decisions in life and the question that should first come to our mind is: what is God’s will regarding this? Although we know it is important, how exactly to discern and then do God’s will can be confusing and easily misunderstood. Moreover, can a person be assured of being in the center of God’s will?

The Bible, God’s revealed Word, contains his will and can never contradict it. Here, God requires us to know what he wants in order to be wise (Eph. 5:17). God then is not going to hide his will from us, is he? However, God reveals his will, both general and specific, in some specific ways not merely for us to understand  but to undertake, for his blessing lies in doing it (Jn. 7:27; 13:7). There are at least three distinct sources that serve as divine guidelines through which we may discern and determine what is God’s will for us.

The first source that helps us discover God’s will is the perfect Word of God: the Bible. This is objective truth and an eternal source that will endure forever, which God has exalted above his name! It is inspired, literally God-breathed, and therefore reliable. It also claims to be profitable for doctrine (i.e. it tells us what is right), reproof (shows us what is not right), correction (helps us get right), and for instruction (enables us to stay and live right)(2 Tim. 3:16).

The second source for guidance is an internal one, and in a sense, subjective truth. Along with God’s written Word, the Christian is given God’s Holy Spirit as a permanent resident (Rom. 8:9). The Spirit knows the mind as well as the will of God (1 Cor. 2:11-12). As our teacher and counselor, through what may seem to be strange or even unexpected circumstances, he leads us into all truth (Jn. 14:16, 26; 16:13). Nevertheless, it is crucial that the believer seeking the Spirit’s guidance is filled, or more accurately controlled and obediently yielded to the Spirit, His gracious enabling and giftings (Eph. 5:17,18).

The third source that helps us know God’s will is an external source, yet a divine gift indeed: godly counsel from mature, Spirit-filled believers. This collective truth can be reassuring, further reinforcing the objective and subjective aspects. Think about this: the Christian God is himself community and has not created us as islands to live unto ourselves. He has placed believers into Christ’s body, the Church, so that with all the saints we may know God’s love and purposes (Eph. 3:18; 4:15). Such collective wisdom is the need of the hour when so-called “prophetic” words selfishly or dangerously mislead gullible Christians (Prov. 11:14; 12:15; 19:20). In this way, we gain from other’s proven experiences, clarifying our only understanding of God’s will, confidently doing it from our hearts!

God wants us to know his will and those who desire to do it will know it (if not, why should He reveal it?). When we trust Christ as Savior, he furnishes us with the needed spiritual resources to do his will: His Word, Spirit, and Community. Do you have these good gifts to use? If not, determine to study the Bible daily, listen to the Spirit’s voice, and be a part of Christian growth or accountability group today. This will not exempt us from tough times and what people call “unfortunate situation,”’ but remember that our God always is in control.

May the following truths by an unknown writer further encourage us:

The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God will not keep you
Where the arms of God will not support you,
Where the riches of God will not supply your needs,
Where the power of God will not endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Spirit of God will not work through you
Where the wisdom of God will not teach you,
Where the army of God will not protect you,
Where the hands of God will not mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God will not enfold you
Where the mercies of God will not sustain you,
Where the peace of God will not calm your fears,
Where the authority of God will not overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God will not dry your tears,
Where the Word of God will not feed you,
Where the miracles of God will not be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God will not find you!

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