People often ask me this question: “How can I know God’s will?”
Perhaps they’re wondering whether or not to take a new job. Upgrade their education. Sell their home and buy a different one. Go on a short-term missions trip. Adopt. Volunteer in the community.
The list is endless, really.
When we face moral decisions, we can be sure God’s word will always show us what to do. But when the decision is not of a moral nature, then knowing His will isn’t always as clear.
Here’s the answer I give:
- Pray. Ask God for guidance and thank Him in advance for giving it.
- Listen for His voice. He can speak to us any way He wishes. This may include, but is not limited to, speaking audibly or through dreams, song lyrics, books, other people, and of course, His word.
- Based on what you hear Him say, make your decision and begin to move forward. Pray, “God, I believe You’re telling me to do this. If I’m right, then please remove all obstacles and open doors for me. But if I’m wrong, then stop me and change my direction.”
That’s the strategy my husband and I have used for years when we’ve faced major decisions, and God has never failed to direct us.
Isn’t it good to know that God is our heavenly Father and He’s committed to our well-being? He will never mess with our emotions or jerk us around. He promises to guide us when we truly want to do His will. Our role is to ask Him for direction, maintain an attitude of surrender, and to trust Him to steer or stop us. Because He is faithful, we needn’t be afraid of making a poor decision.
How would you answer the question, “How can I know God’s will?”