SEEKING GOD’S WILL
The most important thing in life is to walk in God’s will. You are here to please God in every area of your life. Jesus said, “Not my will but Yours be done”. It is God’s will that must be fulfilled in your life.
Walking in God’s will results in God’s plan being fulfilled in your life. It brings God’s favor, true satisfaction and fulfillment. If you do not walk in God’s will, you will open yourself to defeat, despair and discouragement. You could miss out on God’s perfect plan for you.
God does not want you to be conformed to this world but He wants to transform you so that you may walk in His perfect will (Rom 12:2). For you to walk in God’s will, you need to seek His will. God wants to guide you and lead you. Walking in God’s will involves seeking and obeying Him.
Walking in God’s will involves making right decisions. Life is about decisions. You are the sum total of all the decisions you make. You make many decisions in life. Some are major decisions, like marriage, fulltime call, getting jobs etc. You cannot afford to make mistakes in big decisions. Wrong decisions will have serious effects not just on yourself but also on the people around you. You need to make right and godly decisions. How can you make right decisions? How do you seek God’s will? How does God lead you?
Before we see how God leads, the following fundamentals have to be put in place. It is important:
- That you have a daily devotion. There must be an abiding relationship with God so that He can speak to you.
- That you willingly submit to God (Rom. 12:1). You need to obey Him –do what He wants, not what you want.
- That your priorities in life are right. Let your goal in life be to seek God and His Kingdom (Matt. 6:33).
What are the biblical principles of seeking God’s will? The following truths will help you to seek the will of God and make right decisions for God.
TRUTH 1: THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD –THE BIBLE
God leads us through His Scriptures .God will speak to you through His Word. God’s Word will guide you. This is God’s primary way in which He leads His children.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”(Psalm 119:105)
Seek specific direction from God’s Word. Your decision must never contradict or go against God’s Word. For example if the Bible says “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.”(2 Corinthians 6:14) then a Christian cannot marry a non-Christian and there can be no compromise.
As you seek direction from God’s Word, God may give you specific verses to lead you. Have a daily Bible reading and allow God to lead you through the Scriptures.
TRUTH 2: THE SPOKEN WORD OF GOD
God wants to lead you through His spoken Word. God speaks to His people. The God who spoke in the Old Testament and the New Testament is still speaking now. He has not changed. He is a loving Father who wants to speak to His children. He is a wonderful Shepherd who wants to speak to His sheep (John 10:3-4). We need to hear His voice.
How does God speak to you?
- a) You can hear the voice of God
- It can be a still small voice - Elijah (1 Kings 19:12-13)
- It can be an audible voice - Moses (1 Sam.3:4-10)
- It can be impressions in your heart, spontaneous thoughts
- b) He can give you visions - Isaiah (Isa.6:1), Paul (Acts 16:9-10)
- c) You can have personal prophecies (1 Tim. 4:14) Remember the prophetic Word from someone is only a confirmation of what God is already speaking to you.
- d) He can give you dreams-Joseph (Mat.1:20)
TRUTH 3: THE PEACE OF GOD
God leads you through your inner witness - the peace of God in your heart (Phil.4:7)
When you received Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in your heart. He will help you and guide you. If you are making decisions, if it is God’s will, you will definitely have an inner peace in your heart. If you don’t, then you probably need to continue to seek Him or wait. It may or may not be God’s will.
TRUTH 4: GODLY COUNSEL
Pro.11:14 “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
Pro.12:15 ”The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.”
Pro.19:20 “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.”
A truly wise man will listen and seek counsel. An unwise man will be content with his own opinion. When making important decisions, seek godly counsel from godly people to pray along and counsel you. They may be able to pray more objectively as they are not directly involved in the emotions and process of the decision. Remember their counsel is just a confirmation of what God has already spoken to you. It is important that you know for yourself God’s will for you.
If you are married, always make your major decisions together with your spouse.
TRUTH 5: CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE
Rom. 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
As Christians, God is in control and has allowed circumstances in our lives to happen for our good. God leads you through circumstances. Joseph went through many circumstances as God led him to fulfill his God-given destiny.
TRUTH 6: GODLY WISDOM
Jam.1:5-6 ”If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
God can give you godly wisdom. Ask God to give you His wisdom. Important questions that you need to ask yourself in decision making are:
- “Does the decision help me come closer to God?”
- “What would Jesus do?”
- “Is it in line with God’s plan for my life?”
- “Will it help me fulfill God’s will?”
- “Does it please and glorify God?”
TRUTH 7: GODLY DESIRE
God can lead you by giving you godly spiritual desires. God uses spiritual desires to fulfill His plan. Eg For a decision to go fulltime, a person who has a fulltime call has an intense desire to serve and see souls saved. (Rom. 10:1)
God wants to lead and guide you. God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Ps,32:8)
Take time to pray and ask God to guide you. Follow Biblical principles in seeking God’s will. Always seek God’s will and make God your priority.