After listening to all the missionaries at the Missions Conference this week, I believe it is good to reevaluate whether we are truly following God’s will for our lives. It was awesome to hear how God has worked in the lives of these men and women, and is leading them on a journey to spread the gospel in a foreign country. And while listening to their testimonies, a common question that we all find ourselves asking is, “Am I truly following God’s will for my life?” I believe this is a question we should always have at the forefront of our minds because we as humans are so easily distracted from the mission that God has given to us. So how can you know God’s will for your life?
Well God certainly wants you to know what His will is for your life, and it is not something He is purposefully making difficult for you to discover…His purpose and plan for your life. Most times, what I have come to understand when His will seems unclear, is that I’ve just been looking for the wrong thing. So let me give you a few thoughts to consider in relation to this.
First, God’s will is not a feeling. Some of us are waiting and looking for a certain feeling in order to know God’s will for our lives. What do we know about feelings? We know that feelings change all the time based on circumstances around us that are constantly changing. Therefore, feelings are constantly lying to us. Feelings can come from fatigue, hormones, or false or incomplete information. Jer. 17:9 reminds us that, “The heart is deceitful” because it can be manipulated by those thoughts and circumstances happening around us. If I lived what I felt, I would never look to serve anyone but myself, but that certainly isn’t God’s will!
Second, God’s will is not a formula. In our culture we crave a step-by-step guide to success…a simple formula for everything that will lead to lasting positive change in our lives. But God’s will is not a closed system…it is dynamic because He created you differently than anyone else on the planet because He has a specific purpose and plan for you! A plan that looks different from everyone else’s plan! Why would God give you a brain and not expect you to use it? He lets you make choices and many times you could choose any choice from A to Z, and any of them would be OK within His will and plan for your life.
So if God’s will isn’t a feeling or a formula, what is it? God’s will is a relationship! There is very little in the Bible about the technique of knowing God’s will, but there are many verses talking about developing a deep, loving, relationship with Jesus Christ. Why? Because God’s will is a relationship. I Cor. 1:9 tells us that, “God has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Many times we don’t know God’s will for our lives, simply because we don’t know Him well enough. Focus on getting to know your partner and best friend in life, and His purpose and plan for you will begin to become much clearer!