Commentary By: Gordon King
Have you ever wondered just what God’s will is for you in your life? I am sure most of us have, or at least we should as believers in Jesus Christ.
At times I am not sure if a specific situation is God’s will, or in what direction I should take in my life. I have most definitely taken the wrong road before, many times, and I can now look back and see where it has taken me. Hindsight seems to be much clearer than foresight.
We must be in tune with God and His will in order for us to live the way God intended for us, in order for us to avoid negative consequences in life. We must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
So just how do we know what God wants for us in our life, how do we know if we are on the right track or have veered off course? I don’t have all of the answers to that question, but I do know from past experience and experience of God what I should do in order to follow God’s will in my own life.
I don’t know of anyone personally who has actually heard the voice of God, yet I myself have heard God’s voice over and over again in my mind and in my spirit. And I must say that at many times is seems much louder than if it were an audible voice!
This is the first thing we must do, listen to God speaking to us in our mind and in our spirit. If we are living in sin, then we are shutting off communication with God, we are hindering the Holy Spirit within us, and it becomes very difficult if not impossible to hear God. Believe me I know, been there, done that! However, just because we may sin does not mean that we cannot hear God, it’s when we live a sinful lifestyle that we cannot hear God, two very different things. Listening to God takes practice in order to know if it is truly God speaking to us, evil spirits talking to us, or perhaps our own mind speaking to us.
At times we can hear God even when our external environment is bombarding our senses, at other times it can be difficult to hear God speaking to us. This is one reason that we must spend some quiet time with God each day, time alone with God, no other influences, no outside distractions.
Being in tune with God, being able to hear God speaking to us requires practice. We must practice listening to God and hearing God. We must also speak to God, not just in asking for things, but in telling Him our thoughts, our feelings, and what may be weighing us down. We need to turn our worries over to God, put Him in control of them, trusting in Him. We need to intercede for other people, make supplications to Him for the welfare of others. When we do these things then we will be able to hear God, but it takes practice, just as an athlete must practice and train to be good at their chosen profession, the more they do it the better they get at it!
Being in tune with God also involves knowing God, knowing who He is, knowing what is holy and righteous to Him, knowing what grieves His heart, and knowing what is an abomination to Him. When we know God more then we will have a much better understanding of His will.
We must read and study scripture. Scripture tells us who God is, what is truly right and what is wrong. It gives us knowledge of God, and when we have this knowledge then we can better understand what the will of God is in our lives.
Being obedient to God is important in knowing the will of God for us. If we disobey God then we are distancing ourselves from God. When we are obedient to God then we are in His will. Partial obedience is disobedience, and as believers we must aim for obedience in order to hear God and follow His will.
Focusing on God, making Him number one in our lives. God must be number one, we must seek Him in all things, no matter how big or how small. We must give Him thanks in all things, we must give Him praise and worship daily. It’s not enough to worship God one day a week, this must be our life!
We must also pray to God for wisdom and understanding, for clarity and vision. We need to pray for direction, for God’s will to be done in our lives not our own.
I truly believe that if you do these things then you will have a much better understanding of God’s will for you in your life, it works for me! It doesn’t mean that I always know, for I believe that God doesn’t always want us to know, that He wants us to do things from faith. Faith that He will see us through, that He will be with us, that He can do all things, faith that He will provide, that He will perform miracles!
Another thing that we must know is that we are individuals, God created us that way. He gave us a mind which can reason, a mind which makes choices. God often allows us to make our own choice, this doesn’t mean that they are out of His will. For instance, we may decide to take a certain job or move to a new city and we are not sure if they are God’s will. God may just be letting us make our own choice, not out of His will, but part of our own will which is within His will. We all have certain things that we enjoy in life, we have some things that we are really good at and others that we are not. God gave each of us certain gifts and I believe that if we use these gifts for good then God will bless us and we will be in His will.
We must make our decisions based upon holy scripture, and if they align with scripture then they are in God’s will, if they do not align with God’s will in scripture then they are not His will. At times is quite easy to know if it is God’s will or not, at other times it’s not so easy. Follow what scripture teaches, listen to God, pray to God, He will lead and guide you!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!