God’s will. Think about that phrase and the countless times it has been used throughout history. You may be thinking, “I want God to guide me, but I still get confused. I don’t know what to do.” Often the problem is we’re looking for the wrong thing. If we look throughout history we will see countless examples of God’s will and the people who have done things in His name. It can become rather confusing to understand just what the will is. Well, I have reached the conclusion that you need to know what you’re looking for before you can find it. Chances are you may have been looking in the wrong place.
So, what exactly is God’s will?
To start, God’s will is not a feeling. I find some people are looking for a feeling or a supernatural sign. You want God to pull your heartstring so you’ll know exactly what to do. Give me miracle or speak to me as you did Moses, Jacob, Isaiah, or Paul.
The problem is that feelings can at times be misleading and will guide you the wrong way. Feelings can come from a range of causes in our everyday live. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful”. Even your heart plays tricks on you. We cannot necessarily wait for a feeling in determining God’s will or plan.
God’s will is not a formula. Our culture is regimented in formulas to establish a sense of the world and order. We know that if we work we will get paid which allows us to live, pay the bills, and go on vacation, maybe. We want an easy to read step by step guide of how our lives should work in an orderly fashion. But there’s a problem with this approach: There’s no room for the insurmountable variables that get thrown into the formula of our lives. If God’s will is a recipe, what happens if you leave out one ingredient? If you leave baking soda out of a recipe, you’ve got the difference between a birthday cake and a pancake.
What, if anything, can we discern from this? If God’s will is not a feeling or a formula, then what is it? It is one of the most important and dynamic relationships you will ever be in. Not only do we have a great God with a plan but He also gave you the intelligence and free will to make choices. And, guess what, there are also second chances.
1 Corinthians 1:9, “God … invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, even Christ our Lord. ” There are literally hundreds of verses that address this relationship. The better you get to know Him, the less confusion you’re going to have about what His will is. Get to know God, and everything else becomes secondary.