How Can I Know God’s Will

Many individuals live from day to day with no direction in life. They get out of bed in the morning, hurriedly shower and dress for another day, stop at McDonald’s for coffee and a snack, rush to work, perform their usual duties, then return home that afternoon through five o’clock traffic, eat dinner, watch television a few hours, and then go to bed. These are necessary activities, but do they fit into a larger overall plan God has for your life? Are you in the vocation to which God called you? Do you take some time regularly to have fellowship with your heavenly Father? Are you content in the work you’re pursuing? Or are you merely rushing through life with no purpose? If you can answer yes to the first questions, more than likely You are following God’s will for your life.

During many years, I was among the many who thought God’s will is an unknown mystery and difficult to find. And my misconception was that God only calls those individuals into special vocations such as preachers, missionaries, and other church related positions. No longer do I believe that: how would those special called people be able to perform their duties without farmers, industrial workers, doctors, school teachers, postal workers, plumbers, and garbage collectors?

These scriptures should be helpful in determining God’s will:

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8

“Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

“For it is God which works in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure.” Philippians 2: 13

“For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for His good works, which God has foreordained that we walk in them.” Ephesians 2: 10

Father, why do we, Your children, make knowing your will so difficult when it is Your desire for us to know Your will? Forgive us, I ask in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Doris Lisemby