Discovering God’s perfect will for our lives can seem a little perplexing at times. There are several significant factors that are found in Scripture that can help us remove the dense fog of uncertainty. John 7:17 says, If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
A fundamental element involved in finding God’s will is the dynamic of choosing to do God’s will. We must ‘want’ to do God’s will, not ours. This requires total transparency in the prayers that we offer to God. We must ask ourselves important life questions. Do we really want God’s will or permission to do our will? Are we trusting in God’s omniscience or resisting his will because we have a better plan? Wanting God’s will means discovering the life that will ultimately bring us the most joy and fulfillment.
Discovering God’s will also requires patience. David writes in Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” “I waited patiently for the LORD” means that we don’t run ahead of God or give up and lose heart because he hasn’t met our timing standard. Oftentimes, in the process of waiting on God, he teaches us valuable life lessons. And that brings us to Psalm 143:10 which says, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God, may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” God is willing to teach us and he is eager to speak truth into our lives. Walking in God’s will is a special place. It is reserved for those who are willing to do HIS will, patient with HIS timing, and teachable in HIS ways. The question remains, Are we willing, patient and teachable?
Blessings, Dr. Joe