“I’m searching for God’s will.”
“I’m waiting to figure out what His will is.”
“I don’t know, I just can’t seem to figure out what His will is…”
“I’m still trying to find God’s will.”
These are the infamous lines in the Christian’s script. They delineate the struggle raging in many hearts. What is God’s will? How do I find it? Will He ever show it to me? It seems like a winding trail, with no clearcut directions; it’s a hazy future, and the fact that we can’t see or know what could be hiding around the bend is frustrating and confusing. If the Lord wants us to do His will, why won’t He show it to us?
The truth is, God’s will is not hidden. No, the future cannot be known by us; but God’s will is found in practical day to day commands. Performing the will of the Lord is a matter of daily, moment-by-moment obedience. As we obey each command and perform every minute task with which He charges us, He reveals the next step. Then the next, then the next, and then the next. We don’t have to feel so lost! God tells us exactly what He wants of us in the exact time that He wants us to undertake those certain enterprises. When we follow His general will for our lives, we will find ourselves on the road to fulfilling His specific will.
But what is included in His general will?
Gratitude. God wants us to be thankful– for everything, at all times. We are to be thankful for the good and for the bad, for the wonderful and for the terrible. In every circumstance we can ever face, there will always be something for which we can and must be thankful. To be ungrateful is to be outside of the will of Almighty God.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – I Thessalonians 5:18
Purity. Our Heavenly Father wants us to be pure, holy, sanctified. We have a purpose, and we are to separate ourselves from the world for God’s particular use.
“For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;” – I Thessalonians 4:3-4
A relationship. The Lord wants to have a relationship with us. He loves us, and it is the desire of His heart that we reciprocate. This entails a walk of humility, and a drive to live justly. We are free from the power of sin– why not live that way? We do not have to obey the pull of our flesh to sin; we have all the power and freedom to walk in the spirit instead.
“He hath shewed 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
Going. Jesus commanded us to go and to tell. As saved Christians, we are to share the glorious gospel message with the lost and dying world around us. I admit, this is something with which I struggle. I get nervous talking to people; I fear rejection just as much as anyone else. I understand the apprehension! But really, how can we expect to see what the next chapter of our story holds if we are not following the instructions on this current page? When we act in faith and obey this command, He will give us the boldness that we so desperately need.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.'” – Mark 16:15
So here it is. God’s will. It’s been found! Are we going to live up to it? Do we truly want it?
This is in no way a complete list. There is so much more! I challenge my readers to join me and make it a matter of personal study. Find out what the will of God is! Read it for yourself; it is all there, laid out in His precious Word. Find the commands, save them in your heart, and obey them. It will lead you to the next step of your earthly destiny! Start walking!