What is God's Will

“Help! What is God’s Will for My Life?”

What is God's Will

“What is God’s Will for my life? What route should I go? Should I take the new position at work or not? Should I adopt or pursue fertility treatments? Should I join a Bible Study or not? Should I stay in my current home or purchase a new one?”

Have you ever asked these questions? Do you get frustrated with the unknown? Are you confused with what direction to go or what choice to make?

This might be a long post because there are several things I want to cover. Let’s start with the first question, “What is God’s Will for my life?”

First, God’s will is absolutely always his Word. Always! If you are thinking that God told you to go sleep with another man so you could get pregnant (remember Abraham and Hagar) then the answer is no, that is absolutely not his will. If you are wondering if you God wants you to get a divorce, then no that is absolutely not his will. If you are wondering if God wants you to max out all your credit card debt, then no that is definitely not his will. If you are wondering if God wants you to live an abundant life, then yes, that is absolutely his will! What about living in peace? Yes, that is his will! What about being fruitful and multiplying? Yes, that is absolutely his will! What about living a healthy life free from sickness and illness? Yes, of course that is his will!

Do you get where I am going with this? The only way you will be able to understand his will is knowing his Word. Reason #235131 why you need to be in the Word. It’s a must and there should be no excuses.

Okay, now that we have it settled let’s move on to some other questions. Perhaps like, “what route should I go or what decision should I make?” I personally hear and read these questions from other people a lot. Let’s start by looking at scripture which is always the best place. You might know that I have been loving Proverbs 2 lately and I have shared it many times on my blog recently. Proverbs 2:1-11 says, “My child, will you treasure my wisdom? Then, and only then, will you acquire it. And only if you accept my advice and hide it within will you succeed. So train your heart to listen when I speak and open your spirit wide to expand your discernment— then pass it on to your sons and daughters. Yes, cry out for comprehension and intercede for insight. For if you keep seeking it like a man would seek for sterling silver, searching in hidden places for cherished treasure, then you will discover the fear of the Lord and find the true knowledge of God. Wisdom is a gift from a generous God, and every word he speaks is full of revelation and becomes a fountain of understanding within you. For the Lord has a hidden storehouse of wisdom made accessible to his godly lovers.  He becomes your personal bodyguard as you follow his ways, protecting and guarding you as you choose what is right. Then you will discover all that is just, proper, and fair, and be empowered to make the right decisions as you walk into your destiny. When wisdom wins your heart and revelation breaks in, true pleasure enters your soul. If you choose to follow good counsel, divine design will watch over you and understanding will protect you from making poor choices.”

That whole passage is about seeking wisdom, discernment and understanding. It even says that there is a storehouse of wisdom for you! And you guessed it… as always, it goes back to the Word! When you know the Word and when you walk in life-union with Christ, you will have the wisdom for every situation you need. Wisdom is found in Christ and in the Word; it really is that simple.

Perhaps one day I will round up all of the scriptures that talk about God’s Will as there are a ton, but for now here are two more:

“And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace.” James 1:5

“Since we have this confidence, we can also have great boldness before him, for if we present any request agreeable to his will, he will hear us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we also know that we have obtained the requests we ask of him.” John 5:14-15

So hopefully by now you understand that God’s Will is always his Word and it will be further understood by walking in deep intimacy with him. But there is another key element that I want to point out here because the Bible doesn’t tell you exactly what to do, does it? Meaning it doesn’t tell you want to eat for lunch or what way to expand your family or what exact job to take.

Why is that?

God is more concerned with who you are as a person than with what you do.

Wow!

Let’s say that again: God is more concerned with who you are a person than with what you do. God is always, always, always after your heart. Does he care about what you do, of course! But he’s a good Father who trusts his sons and daughters. And rather than you stressing over what decision to make he would prefer that you would just spend time with him.

In addition, do you realize that you have free will? So with the decisions you are all hung up about, if the answer is Biblical and you have a peace about it then perhaps your Father just wants you to make the decision yourself. I am not saying you shouldn’t or don’t need to pray about it, but sometimes we spend our efforts praying about ridiculous things. “Should I do this Bible Study?” Can that be prayed about? Absolutely! But is that something that always needs to be prayed about? Absolutely not! Bible Study is good! Does it fit in your schedule? Then do it!

Think of it in the natural: if a child asked the parent if they should eat a salad or sandwich for lunch, the parent probably wouldn’t have much of an opinion because they are both good options! The parent is probably more concerned about the child’s attitude, than what they eat. My point is this, do you realize that most people spend more time trying to figure out what to do than who they are as an actual person? Most people get so caught up in making decisions which in turn makes it all about them! It’s time to make it all about HIM!

When you are following God, he trusts you to make good decisions according to his will. Instead of putting all your efforts in trying to figure out what path to take or decision to make why don’t you use that effort to pursue your Father in Heaven instead? Why don’t you use that same effort to read the Word? Why don’t you use that same effort to engage in a friendship with your Father? Why don’t you spend more time investing in your spiritual life and less time worrying about the natural life? You have a good Father who desires for you to look more like him, but it’s going to take effort from you and the best place to start to gain the wisdom, discernment and understanding of his will that you so desire, is by opening up his Word!

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4 Comments
  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 13:53h, 12 July Reply

    Such a great read today Caroline! This was especially touching on my heart today “And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace.” James 1:5

    Overwhelm you with generous grace!! Just makes me feel….LOVED.

  • FeATCHURS JACQUELIN
    Posted at 15:40h, 12 July Reply

    Great read! And I agree. God has revealed the parts of His will that we can’t afford to guess on – it’s in His Word. But then for everything else, the “secret things” of His will that He doesn’t expressly spell out for us, He’s still given us 1) His Word so we know who He is, what He’s like, what His ways are; 2) prayer; 3) His Holy Spirit; 4) the wisdom of godly counsel; and 5) good ‘ol “common sense”. I love that we don’t have to be paralyzed and afraid that we’re going to step outside of the Father’s will. If we’re His, then we can trust that He is sovereignly leading us and we can use all the resources He’s given us to make our decisions. So much peace and rest in that!

  • Jacquelin Featchurs
    Posted at 15:44h, 12 July Reply

    Great read! And I agree. God has revealed the parts of His will that we can’t afford to guess on – it’s in His Word. But then for everything else, the “secret things” of His will that He doesn’t expressly spell out for us, He’s still graciously given us: 1) His Word so we know His character, what He’s like, what His ways are, what He loves/hates; 2) prayer, where we can ask Him for wisdom; 3) His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us; 4) the wisdom of godly counsel; and 5) good ‘ol common sense, lol. I love that we don’t have to be paralyzed and afraid that we’re going to step outside of the Father’s will. If we’re His, then we can trust that He is sovereignly leading us and we can use all the resources He’s given us to make our decisions. So much peace and rest in that!

  • femiint
    Posted at 23:54h, 13 July Reply

    beautiful writing great read.. thanks for sharing

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