It would be so great if God’s will were like a fortune cookie where you ask a question: “Is this guy my ideal mate?” open the fortune and get the answer. But you probably already know it isn’t like that at all. Even though we may be card carrying Christians, that does not guarantee that we will be able to spot God’s will when we see it. But God has given us a number of tools to help us to better discern His will for our lives.
First, God wants to have a close relationship with us. Do you have someone – your spouse or a best friend – with whom you are so close that you can finish their sentences and sense their moods even when others can’t? The reason you are so close to this person is because you have taken the time to cultivate a true relationship with them. By building that relationship, you grew to be able to discern things about that person that other people can’t.
As we develop a relationship with God, this is the exact thing that will begin to happen. The closer we become to God, the better we will get at discerning His will.
Second, the Bible is God’s greatest tool to help us discern His will. In Psalm 119:105, David tells the Lord: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” By reading and studying God’s Word, we are able to strengthen our relationship with God, which further helps us to discern God’s will for us.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6)
Next, God has given us the power of prayer to directly ask Him whenever we need his guidance and direction: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (James 1:5). We never have to worry about asking a dumb question or feeling unworthy to ask God for what we need and want. God wants us to pray about everything – as that is our main form of communication with Him!
Finally, God has given us counselors to help us to discern His will for us. These counselors come in natural form; through advice from trusted mentors and through the Holy Spirit (which can be felt in any number of ways, but is often described as our conscious).
“And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.” (Isaiah 32:17)
Ultimately, when we are following God’s will for our life, despite the actual circumstances of the moment, we will feel a peace. So, when trying decide between two choices in our life, it makes sense to slow down and see which choice gives you a greater feeling of peace. That choice will most likely be God’s will for you.
Excerpt from God’s Law of Attraction: The Believer’s Guide to Success and Fulfillment available from Amazon.com in paperback and as a Kindle download.