Understanding the Will of God

June 3, 2009 by  
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I can of myself do nothing…because I do not seek my own but the will of the Father who sent me.”

- John 5:30

I can of myself do nothing…because I do not seek my own but the will of the Father who sent me.”

- John 5:30

So how do we discover God’s will in for us? We must pray earnestly, understand our circumstances and remember to study God’s word. The Bible is full of references to God’s will for all of us. If we study the word of God and follow them, we are heading in the right direction. Fortunately, all we have to do is read the Scriptures to find clear instructions:

“He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

-Micah 6:8

Micah clearly tells us what God’s will is for every one of us – mercy, justice and humbleness before the Lord. He desires this for all of mankind. It’s interesting that most of us know instinctively that we should be merciful, kind, just, honest and faithful. These principles of fairness and care are nearly universal and we know in our heart of hearts that they are God’s will.

The difficulty is that often fulfilling God’s will can cause conflict in our lives. Sometimes it’s easier to just do what we think will be easiest or best for us, forgetting about God and the people around us. We may tell ourselves that we can’t always keep all of God’s commandments, or that it’s hard to understand what true justice is, or even that honesty may not always be in our best interests.

We would be so wrong! Because God’s will is always for our lives to be prosperous, fulfilled and righteous. Perhaps it is easier if we look at Jesus’ answer regarding God’s will. He explains what the greatest commandment is – and even if we forget every other commandment or instruction of God – if we follow God’s will in this, everything else will naturally follow!

“‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself’.”

-Matthew 22:36-39

Think about this. If we love God with all of our hearts, minds and souls, then we will naturally seek justice, be humble and live righteously in order to praise Him. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will be honest, fair and just in everything we do.

God’s will is also expressed in Romans:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what it is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

-Romans 12:2

Any time you have a difficult choice before you, simply ask yourself these questions:

1.Is this a good thing to do for all concerned?

2.Is this acceptable to God?

3.Is this God’s perfect will? (Does it meet Biblical standards?)

Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.”

-Proverbs 3:6

Are you ready to seek, accept and understand the will of God? Then bow your head and pray for Him to reveal His individual will for your life. So long as you seek, you will find what you need to fulfill God’s will.

To find the answer to these questions, pray earnestly for guidance, read the Scriptures and listen to that part of your heart that is honest and just, not concerned with you and your desires, but dedicated to God.

It is easy for others to tell us that we should “do God’s will,” but it is difficult for most of us to understand what God’s will for our lives truly is. Angels don’t often land in our front yards with trumpet fanfare to announce what we should be doing (although that would be wonderful, wouldn’t it?). In today’s world, it can be difficult to know the will of God because we have so many others demanding our time and trying to tell us what to do. Sometimes the most difficult obstacles are our own wants and desires, which may be at odds with God’s will.

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You.  Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course.  Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

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3 Responses to “Understanding the Will of God”
  1. Brenda Talton says:

    Good Word! enjoyed it!

  2. Brenda Talton says:

    Good Word!

  3. Let me suggest that God wants to see us follow His directly stated will, as clearly seen in the Bible. Look up verses that talk about the will of God. Ask yourself if you are in alignment with them. Then God is willing to reveal His specific will in personal matters.

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