How badly do you want to know God’s will? That is the place to start. “I have not come to do my own will but the will of him who sent me,” is what Jesus said.
Many of us want God’s will to be what we have already decided it should be. We want Him to send us where we want to go. Many of us tell God things like, “Your word says this and this, and I claim your will in this situation…” We pressure Him to do what we want. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate and effective to approach God looking for His will, His agenda, rather than trying to pressure Him to do what we want?
Here are 3 ways to find out what God’s will is for your life.
1. SEEK HIS WILL, NOT YOURS. We should approach Him with an open mind and heart; without an agenda, like a servant looking for the next instructions from their master. Would you still want God’s will if He made it clear that you were supposed to go in a totally different direction? How willing would you be to go?
2. PRAYERFULLY READ HIS WORD. To find God’s will, you have to be in the right frame of mind. This requires consistent meditation on the Word of God, because that’s where His will is found. Prayerfully pray as you read. If the Holy Spirit is leading you, He will never contradict the written word of God. If your heart and mind is not tuned to the Word of God, you won’t recognize the voice of the Spirit. He doesn’t shout – He speaks softly. Sometimes our own plans are shouting louder than God’s voice!
3. WATCH AND WAIT. Pay attention to your present circumstances. Wherever God puts you, stay there until He speaks again. Don’t let human restlessness move you too quickly. Make a lifetime commitment to where God has you today, and don’t entertain a change of direction or location unless the Holy Spirit initiates the change. If God has spoken something new to your heart, the circumstances will confirm that.
We believed God called us to the Philippines in 1972. God did not open the door till 1986, and we then moved to the Philippines permanently, never intending to leave. Thirty-one years later, God made it very clear by a number of things, including many circumstances, that it was time to leave. We are still intricately involved and committed to Asia, but I was told clearly to relocate to our home country and do it from here.
During the 48 years of my faith journey, restlessness has been a constant demon that has had to be rebuked and resisted. Weariness with a certain task, a sense of failure in a certain mission, or just boredom, cause us to jump before God has said, “Jump!” I say to everyone reading today- stay put no matter what you think or feel, unless God initiates a change! That is truly seeking and then pursuing the will of God. If you are honestly following the will of God, He will guide you and make it happen.