God Will Show You His Will

P r a c t i c a l L e s s o n s f o r U n d e r s t a n d i n g t h e Wo r d o f G o d
God Will Show You His Will
KEY PASSAGE: Jeremiah 29:11-13 | SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: Psalm 16:11; 119:105 | Proverbs 3:5-6
Matthew 7:7 | Acts 16:9 | Romans 8:28 | Colossians 1:9 | James 1:6-8 | 1 John 5:14-15
faithful to reveal “the path of life” to those who
seek it (Ps. 16:11).
God has a plan for you.
And He promises to reveal it to you if you
genuinely want to know what it is.“‘For I know
the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD,
‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give
you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon
Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to
you. You will seek Me and find Me when you
search for Me with all your heart’” (Jer. 29:11-13).
Although this promise was specifically
given to Israel, it also applies to anyone who
desires to know His will. The Lord’s plans lead
to “welfare”— happiness, well-being, and
success; not “calamity”—trouble, affliction, and
ruin. If necessary, God will move heaven and
earth to show us His will. Fully understanding
this principle is essential to discovering the
Father’s plan and purpose for you.
Why can we trust God to reveal His will?
In order for you and me to follow the Lord’s plan
for our life, we must know what He has called us
to be and do. It would be out of character for God
to hide His will and then expect us to walk in it.
The Bible also promises His guidance—all we need
to do is ask Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the
Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your
own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge
Him, and He will make your paths straight.” The
apostle Paul indicated that it was possible to
know the Father’s will (Col. 1:9). The Lord is
How can you discover God’s plan for
your life?
The Bible: People neglect to consider scriptural
truth and drift away from God’s will (Ps. 119:105).
Trust Him to direct your life (Prov. 3:5-6).
Prayer: Ask the Lord for clear guidance. He
promises to answer us when we pray according
to His will (1 John 5:14-15).
Circumstances: For a child of God, there is
no such thing as coincidence. And the Father
usually does not close a door unless He plans to
open a new one.
Godly counsel: Before taking advice, make
sure the person is living righteously. And don’t
ask, “What do you think I should do?” but “What
do you think the Word of God says I should do?”
■ Your conscience: It is the moral filter of
your life. Saturate it with the Word of God, and
your decisions will become more Christlike.
■ Restless spirit: Right before every major
life change, I’ve always felt restless. When
this happens, get on your knees and ask God,
“What are you saying to me?” But only expect
Him to show you the next step rather than any
long-term plans.
Unusual manifestations: The Lord spoke to
Moses by calling his attention to a burning bush
(Ex. 3:2). Paul saw a vision of a man from
Macedonia, asking Him to come and preach to
them (Acts 16:9). Especially in important matters,
the Lord will sometimes manifest His will in an
unusual way.
What are some hindrances to
discovering God’s will?
■ Self-will: If you have already made up your
mind, it will be difficult for you to hear what
the Lord wants you to do.
The influence of others: They may give you
reasons why you can’t do it or say that God would
not expect you to make such a large sacrifice.
■ Ignorance of God’s Word: The next generation
knows almost nothing about the Bible. Sunday
school is wonderful. But children need to sit in
the worship service, too—even if they don’t
understand everything. Only by getting in the
habit of attending church will they remain
involved as adults.
Doubt: Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it will be
given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it
will be opened to you.” Once you have heard God’s
will, don’t start to second-guess it ( James 1:6-8).
Unworthiness: Every single believer is loved
equally by the Father. Don’t believe the lie that
you are undeserving of His guidance or grace.
Busyness: All of us have the same amount of
time in a day; how we choose to invest it is an
indication of what we value. If your life is too full
to pray, you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
Fear: God’s will can seem impossible, destined
to failure, or foolish. But remember that the Lord
can bring good out of every situation (Rom. 8:28).
Known sin: If you are determined to live a
rebellious life, the Father will not fully reveal
His will to you.
How can you know for sure that you’ve
heard Him correctly?
Ask yourself these questions: Is it consistent
with the Word of God? The answer you hear
should line up with the clear teaching of Scripture.
Is it a wise decision? Carefully think through the
consequences before making a commitment.
Can I honestly ask the Lord to help me achieve
this? If you are submitted to His will, you can
boldly ask for His help. But the same isn’t true
regarding your own agenda. Do I have genuine
peace about it? Don’t rush to make a decision if
you feel unsettled. If you lose an opportunity
because you were obedient, God will bring you a
better one. Does this decision fit who I am as a
follower of Jesus? Does it fit the Lord’s overall
plan for my life? The Father has the best planned
for you. And finally, will this decision honor
God? Unless your choice glorifies Him, it is
not His will.
A Personal Example
During my senior year in college, I really struggled
to know God’s will for my life. Had He really
called me to preach? So I asked Him for a sign—
two falling stars—meteors, really. The next day, as
I was walking back from supper with a friend, God
answered my prayer. But only later did I realize that
the Lord had given me the confirmation I asked
for. I fell on my knees and thanked Him for loving
me so much. The Father graciously revealed His
guidance for my life, and I’m confident He will
do the same for you.
How can you know the will of God? Begin with
reading the Bible. Seek His face in prayer, and
look for His direction through circumstances.
Ask godly believers to help you know how to
apply biblical truth. If you have a restless spirit,
seek the Lord about what new thing He is
doing in your life. And be prepared for God to
reveal His will in unusual ways.
When you know what He wants you to do,
don’t let doubt, fear, or willful sin keep you from
obeying Him. Your own plans can’t compare to
the good things the Father has in store for you.
The wisest thing you can do is to obey God and
leave all the consequences to Him.
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