Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What would God have me do?” Have you ever longed to be in the center of God’s will, but you found yourself paralyzed because you could not seem to figure out what he would have you do? Are you presently at a fork in the road and wish to desperately honor Christ in your next decision? Wouldn’t it be exciting to have the ability to instant-message God and receive a personal response on your smart phone in just a few minutes?
Well, I have not a “God App” to recommend for your I-Phone, nor do I have a “word of knowledge” from him regarding your current dilemma. I am not a prophet, and I do not know where to go to find a legitimate one. However, I still might be able to assist you in making your next decision. Allow me to share with you some of the guiding principles that have assisted me. These I have gleaned from Scripture, from experience, and from the counsel of others.
I. FIND COMFORT IN YOUR DESIRE TO KNOW THE LORD’S WILL
The natural man is not overly concerned with knowing and doing God’s will. He is pretty happy to be independent and focused on his own preferences. Therefore, when you pray like David in Psalm 143:10, “Lord, teach me to do thy will,” this is a sweet sign that you have been redeemed and justified; that Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord. Such a passion to honor, obey, and be led by God is sweetly odd; it is an evidence that the Holy Spirit dwells within your soul.
II. FIND COMFORT IN THE DOCTRINE OF GOD’S SOVEREIGN WILL
The bible teaches that God knows the end from the beginning. The reason he knows the end from the beginning is because he decrees that which happens from beginning to end. Yes, God sovereignly plans all, and then he performs all that he plans. Job writes that God does as He pleases, and only as He pleases, and there is no one who can frustrate His plans of hinder His purposes. (Job 42:2) David writes, “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.” (Psalm 115:3) Likewise Daniel teaches, “He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the people of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:35) It is Isaiah who states, “For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” And later he continues, “I [God] make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” (Isaiah 14:27; 46:10) Yes, God has a sovereign will, and it will be followed to perfection. Now, sometimes he makes his sovereign, perfect, or decretive will known, but in most times he keeps his plan hidden for a season. Most times you can only see God’s will when looking backward. However know this my friends — whatever his sovereign will is, whether you know it or not, you cannot mess it up or thwart it. You do not have to worry about taking the wrong fork in the road and causing all the forces of heaven to panic and reassess the situation. God is sovereign, and his will will be done regardless of your right or wrong decision.
III. FOCUS ON COMMUNION
The Holy Spirit is Christ’s gift to all who are united to him. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter and Counselor. He is the one who is placed within to guide all Christ’s friends into all truth. Therefore, spend time keeping in step with the Holy Spirit and enjoying the process of bringing your heart into alignment with the Godhead. Adore, confess, thank, and supplicate God. Scripture expresses you have not peace, wisdom and assistance because you ask not for it. Therefore, start the process of seeking guidance on your knees, and then pray the entire day without ceasing. God is the Good Shepherd who promises to lovingly guide his sheep. When you call to him, he will answer. In Romans, Paul writes, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” I can’t think of any better way for your mind to be renewed than for you to spend quantity and quality time in communion with your Savior — especially communing with him while his Word is opened on your lap.
IV. FOCUS ON GOD’S REVEALED WILL
In certain times and places, God has spoken to individuals through prophets, audible voices, handwriting on the wall, angels, and talking donkeys. Therefore, if your dog starts speaking in an audible tongue, take him seriously. Like Balaam, you may be a foolish individual whose attention God is working hard to get. However, the normative means whereby God intends to speak to you is through his inspired Word. In the Bible you can find that which God has revealed to all men. Within the ancient pages are laws and principles for all centuries and cultures. Within the Bible you can find those things which God prescribes and those that God prohibits. Simply put — read and heed! Friends, this is the revealed will of God for you, and experiential blessings or consequences follow those who walk in obedience according to God’s good direction. It is the manual for decision making and daily worship, and the wise man looks at God’s Word as declares, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
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