If there is one question that seems to confuse people it is the seaming simple question: What is God’s will for my life? While I hold no promise of a grandiose answer, there a couple things to keep in mind:
- God’s Word: The Bible. Much of what God wills for our lives can be found there. For example:
- 2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. It is God’s will that all men should be saved. Not all will but that is their choice.
- 1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. God loves a thankful people. One of the sins that is mentioned over and over again in the Old Testament is murmuring. In plain English is complaining. God sent the fiery serpents to Israel when they complained in the wilderness.
- So seek in the Bible first to see if God has a plain commandment about the subject. If He does, it is His will.
- Another thought about God’s Word: It is never His will to do something He deems wrong. You can never steal, lie, kill in the name of God as He plainly tell us not to do it (see Exodus chapter 20, the ten commandments)
- Seek God’s Peace when you need to make a decision. (Isa 26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.). As we stay close to God and seek His will we will have that perfect peace that we need as we make major decisions.
- Seek Godly council: Don’t let people make your decision for you but it is wise to seek their advice. Pro 11:14 Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors [there is] safety.
- Don’t move till you know. If you have a doubt, don’t. God is not the author of confusion so if you are confused or not sure wait on God, He will make it clear.
- Do as God leads. I remember when God called me to Jacksonville. Wait a minute, no, He called me to Chattanooga, TN. I caused myself much grief and trouble by doing my own thing with the best of intentions (see My Testimony).
Ok, this is not an “end all” but a starting point.