Have you ever come face to face with a dilemma and you had no idea how to proceed? There are certain areas of life where understanding the will of God is easy. We know it’s His will that we share the Gospel with the world, and we know that it’s His will for us to walk in obedience. But what about the “grey” areas? What about the choices we make on a daily basis that aren’t outlined in Scripture? What then?
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- Find out what the Bible has to say.
There are a lot of decisions we will make in our lives that aren’t discussed specifically in Scripture. For example… What college should I go to? Who should I marry? Should I stay at my current job or move on? But on the other hand, the Bible has a lot to say about life in general. Perhaps there’s a story from the Old Testament that is similar to yours? Or maybe there’s a basic biblical principle that could apply to your decision-making? If you want to know God’s will, the Scriptures are definitely a good place to start.
- Take your concerns to God in prayer.
Prayer is single-handedly one of our most powerful tools as believers, yet sometimes it can be easy to forget that God longs to hear our day-to-day concerns. The Holy Spirit is our guide and our teacher. Going to Him for counsel should be our first reaction, not our last.
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- Seek wise counsel.
God places people in our lives who know more than us for a reason. Parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors… God meant for us to learn and grow from people wiser than us.
- Look around at your situation.
This may seem like an odd way to understand God’s will for your life, but then again… it may be one of the most important things we do in seeking His will.
The Bible tells us that God has great plans for our lives, and He is certainly in the business of carrying out those plans if we are willing to be used by Him. Look around at the people He has placed in your life. Perhaps He has you right where He wants you. Are you having trouble at work? Maybe He has plans for you to accomplish there. Are you struggling financially? Perhaps He wants to teach you to rely on Him completely to meet your needs.
- Trust your gut (and by “gut” I mean the Holy Spirit).
The Holy Spirit’s job is to teach, guide, convict, empower… What is He telling you to do? How is He guiding your heart? Do you feel peace about your decision or unrest? Is there joy or stress? Do you feel confused or assured about the choice you’re making? The Holy Spirit often uses these “feelings” to guide us.
Remember, before Christ you had a deceitful heart that wasn’t trustworthy. But when you were born again, He gave you a new heart… one that longs to please Him. He plants His desires inside of you. If you are honestly going before God in prayer and He has placed a strong desire in your heart… follow it!
We have been equipped with everything we need to walk in the will of God. We simply need to trust Him and all He has given us.
Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. – Hebrews 13:20-21 (NLT)
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.