If you’re like me at all, you’ve wondered that ageless question: What’s God’s Will for my life? There are innumerable answers that could follow based on whom you ask the question. But what does God say His Will is in general? For everyone? Well that’s a little easier to answer. In fact, there are several things we can KNOW without a doubt is God’s Will for us now and always. I believe that if we start doing these things that we KNOW is God’s Will, other things that are more specific to us personally will come into perspective as God’s Will for OUR life.
In general, any command from God can pretty much taken as God’s Will for our lives specifically. We don’t have to wonder or debate whether or not God wants us to steal, lie, kill, or worship something other than Him. However, we get a little thrown off when we start looking for more specific things in our lives for careers, school, marriage etc. Hopefully these concepts and other commands from scripture will help any of us that are currently asking the question: What is God’s Will for my life?
It is always God’s Will that we know Him.
Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
Regardless of the choice, direction, opportunity, or calling, we can always be sure that God’s Will is for us to know Him and make Him known. When asking if it’s God’s Will, search out how God would be known to you and through you in that field, choice, direction. Will God shine best through you in that choice or another? Will you know God better because of the opportunity?
It is always God’s Will that we abide in Him.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. (John 15:4 NLT)
God does not want us operating independently of Him. God’s Will is not going to lead us away from God but to Him. God’s Will is going to take us deeper with God and reliance upon Him. God’s Will may make us successful but this is never to make us selfish. We get in order to give. God’s Will is always for us to trust and rely on Him, not our wealth, success or ability.
It is always God’s Will that we stay sexually pure and sanctified.
God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. (1 Thessalonians 4:3 NLT)
One of the ways that God’s people were best recognized as God’s people doing God’s Will was through their moral and sexual choices. God’s Will for our lives as individuals will always be to practice sexuality that honors God and uses our bodies to glorify Him. It is always God’s Will for us to be pure in our relationships with each other. We can safely say that God’s Will for sexual intimacy is only within the context of a marriage between a man and woman.
It is always God’s Will that we rejoice.
16 Rejoice evermore. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
God’s Will is for us to rejoice always and find rejoicing to be a pattern and way of life. When we complain, gripe, and wallow in misery, we are not living according to God’s Will. Joy has nothing to do with our circumstances but with our hearts. Knowing and doing God’s Will is a heart issue. We can always honor God in our hearts through rejoicing and trusting in God’s plan and providence.
It is always God’s Will that we pray.
17 Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
These three things being listed together seems to be intentional: rejoice, pray, thanksgiving. Prayer is what allows room for the other two. Thus prayer is essential for us knowing and doing God’s Will. Moreover, it is God’s Will that we pray. When we pray we know God. When we pray, we see God. When we pray, we hear God. When we pray we align ourselves with God. When we pray, we are changed. We can confidently say that prayer is God’s Will for our lives and God desires for us to make decisions that will help us enhance our prayer lives and awareness of Him. Praying is God’s Will and it helps us to know God’s Will.
It is always God’s Will that we give thanks.
18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
God’s Will is for us to be thankful. We get caught up in living as though God’s Will is to always bless us with more and more. However, this is not the case of the Bible. There are many instances where the people of God were without, in need and sometimes even in slavery to other countries. We are often unaware of God’s blessings until we go without for a season. Whatever the case, in poverty or in abundance God’s Will is for us to be thankful for all we have. Perhaps God’s Will for us may lead us to a place of suffering or deep pain where we gain a greater appreciation of all that we have?
Sometimes it’s God’s will that we suffer.
So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you. (1 Peter 4:19 NLT)
There may be times when suffering comes our way. This is not always due to being OUT of God’s Will. On the contrary, it could be exactly what God is allowing. One read through the book of Job can give us a clear picture that even the righteous suffer sometimes. Christians should never expect to be exempt from suffering. Suffering can most certainly be in God’s Will. God doesn’t want us to suffer needlessly however, suffering may come as a result of following Him and be used to not only purify us but point others to Him.
It is always God’s Will that we love Him and others.
It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. (1 Peter 2:15 NLT)
God’s Will for your life is not going to take you away from loving Him and others. Anything that is harmful to yourself or others is clearly NOT God’s Will or of God. God wants us all to live in such a way that others can see God in us. We carefully make choices and decisions based on the good that will come of it. We lay aside issues that could taint our reputations or testimonies so that God is glorified. Oftentimes we are more concerned with our satisfaction and pleasure than being honorable or God-honoring. When we are doing God’s Will, God will silence our enemies. Our lives will speak for itself and God’s Will will be accomplished.
It is always God’s Will that I serve Him and others.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)
Ultimately, God’s Will is for us to find our God-given talents and employ them to serve God and others. Is it God’s Will for me to take a promotion? To move to a new city? To do this or that? Don’t ask if it’s God’s Will. Instead, ask if it will allow you to give more, serve more, and love more? That’s God’s Will for your life.
As you begin doing God’s Will, it will become more and more clear what God’s Will is for your personal life in more specific ways. How have you discovered God’s Will for your life?
George Lockhart is a missionary with Vision 2 Hear and serves as a student pastor at New Vision Church in Fayetteville, GA