WHICH WAY DO I GO, LORD?
By Doug Pierce
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Years ago, I heard this wise statement, “Life’s greatest discovery is knowing the will of God, and life’s greatest satisfaction is doing the will of God.” Do you believe that? I certainly do. Paul openly tells us that God’s will is always “good and acceptable and perfect.” We serve a good God Who loves us, and desires greatly to guide us through every day life!
CAN I REALLY KNOW?
Most, if not all, people struggle when it comes to knowing the will of God. I mean, there is the general will of God that is clearly revealed in Scripture. It is God’s will for us to repent and believe on Jesus (2 Peter 3:9). It is God’s will for us to obey the Lord and live a holy life (Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 1:15-16). It is God’s will for us to grow in the Lord (2 Peter 3:18). Those are Scriptures that speak of God’s general will and apply to all people equally.
GOD’S SPECIFIC WILL
The difficulty in knowing what the Lord wants for us is in the area of His specific will. The Bible does not tell us things like the college we are to attend, the major we are to study, the city where we are to live, the person we are to marry, or the career we are to choose. The specifics of what to do, where to go, and what to choose can really be a challenge. Contrary to how some people think, God is not hiding His specific will from us. He is not playing the shell game with His will, trying to fool us as we try to discern His will. God wants us to know His will, so we can do His will and please Him in the process. Therefore, the question comes: How can you and I discover the specific will of God for our lives?
FIVE WAYS TO GET GOD’S GUIDANCE:
1. Guidance comes from the Guide, so focus on Him. Jesus told His early disciples, “Follow Me.” And they did. They didn’t have to figure out the way, they just had to follow Him. Consider directions, for example. I consider myself fairly good with directions. But if you tell me how to get somewhere that has lots of turns, chances are I’ll get lost. I was in the University Medical Center not long ago. I was given the room number of a man I wanted to visit and pray with. I stopped a nurse and asked her if she could direct me. She began to tell me how to get to his room. After a sharing a long route of lefts and rights, she could tell my head was swimming. She stopped and said, “Look…just follow me and I’ll take you by his room. I’m headed in that direction any way.” Boy, did I appreciate that! I didn’t have to remember anything…I just followed her! The Lord doesn’t give us a road map on His will. He simply gives us Himself, and that is so much better!
2. Guidance comes from His Word. So, spend time in the book. God speaks primarily through His Word. And His will is inseparably linked to His Word. If you want to know God’s specific will and whether or not to do this, that, or the other: spend time prayerfully reading His Word. You will be amazed at how He will speak to your heart and guide you through it.
3. Guidance comes from your desires. Pay attention to the passions God has placed within you. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” God makes people passionate about different things. He wires us differently, and He wants us to pay attention to our wiring. You see, if what you do for a living is what you are passionate about, your work will be a joy and not a job. Think of it this way: If every career paid the same, what would you do? The answer to that question reveals your passion.
4. Guidance comes from His people. The Lord reminds us, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”  When you need direction from the Lord about a decision, always talk with a person (s) you know that love the Lord. God will lead you through others that are following Him.
5. Guidance comes from His peace. Be sensitive to the peace God’s Spirit will give you. Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts …” The word rule means to govern or to act as an umpire. God’s peace is to be our umpire, calling strikes and balls, fair and foul hits. If we are getting ready to make a bad decision, God will show us the error of that decision through His lack of peace. But, if we are getting ready to do what He wants us to do, even if the circumstances are frightening, we will have an abiding sense of His peace. Rest assured, God’s will is not nearly as hard to discover as you might think. He wants you to find it. He wants you to enter in to His good, acceptable and perfect will. He is a good God who has a good plan for you. You can trust Him!
Think it over…
Doug Pierce is a Church planter and a pastor. In 2003 he started, and continues to pastor First Independent Methodist Church in Madison, Mississippi. His #1 priority is to glorify God in all aspects of ministry. He does this through teaching his congregation to Love God, Love One Another, and Love Others to God. Prayer, outreach, and church growth through evangelism are vital parts of his ministry. He and his wife Suzanne live in Madison, Mississippi where they also enjoy their children and grandchildren.
To find out more about Doug‘s ministry visit the FIMC Website
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