Think about a tough decision you had to make. How did you make it? What happened as a result? Would you have done anything differently in making your decision? If so, do you know what that would be?
A Christian wants to know God’s will when making decisions
A follower of Jesus wants to please God. God cares about the decisions you make and how you live your life. Much of God’s will for you is revealed in his book, The Bible. For example read The Beatitudes in Matthew Chapter 5, The 10 Commandments in Exodus 20 or Galatians 5:22-26 and discover God’s will. Ephesians 5:1 tells us it’s God’s will that you imitate Him, live like Christ. So, the more you know Jesus, the more you’ll now God’s will for living your life. Every Christian can learn these things and then allow Jesus live his life out through you, because you’ll become more like Him.
How do you make decisions that please God?
There is God’s will for every Christian, but also His specific will for you! You will have to make decisions about a job, college, marriage, work, friends, finances and more. Some decisions will be big, others small. They’re all important to you. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” (Prov. 3:5-8) God is great. He sees all and knows all. He knows what’s best for you. He’ll never lead you astray. Trust Him, not your own understanding. Sometimes you can’t see your whole life picture, but God can. You may not like what He is directing you to do, but you must trust Him. He’s still directing you. God never directs us in the wrong direction. “Don’t depend on your own wisdom.” (Prov. 3:7) Rest in His wisdom, His understanding. “Be quiet and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Pray. Trust. Ask Him what he’d have you do. Wait. Listen for His small voice speaking to your heart. Sometimes, it’s a real strong impression to make a certain decision. Sometimes, God uses other Christians to confirm what He’s put in your heart.
If you miss it… go the wrong way… God will get you on track.
“He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:6b) He will direct your steps. He will give you success. You can’t fail with God. You fail when you do nothing. God loves you. He will even use you where you are at if you end up somewhere that wasn’t God’s will for you because maybe you missed God. Pray “God, I’m here. I don’t think it’s where I am suppose to be. I trust you. use me while I’m here so I can glorify you. help me get to where you want me, be who you want me to be.”
Big doors open on small hinges!
Remember to be faithful in the small things God directs you to do. Starting small is okay. I have rarely ever seen God start big. You may have big dreams, big visions or big plans, but God will oftentimes start with baby steps. Don’t despise small beginnings. Be faithful where God plants you.
Tips to find God’s will:
Pray, read your Bible and get counsel from other mature Christians you know and trust. God doesn’t hide His will from you. Being in His will brings you joy no matter the circumstances. Knowing God’s will is a step but step process. Allow your mind to be Spirit-controlled. Listen for His still small voice. Don’t expect your problems to disappear even when you are in God’s will. God will give you enabling, empowering grace to do his will. Be ready to wait. Be patient. Trust God.