Choosing God’s Will

by Christy Morrow

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.                                   -Luke 17:14

Do you ever wonder what God’s will is? What is his will for your life? What about the day-to-day things? What about which direction you should go? Which job to take? Etc. In John 7:17 Jesus says: If anyone chooses to do my will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He’s talking about understanding. We will find out: I love that! Augustine said, “Understanding is the reward of faith.” In Proverbs 2:6 it says: For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. God does want us to understand. However, we may not always understand before we need to make a decision. We may not have the answers we are seeking. In those cases, we need to pray for God’s direction and guidance. We can pray Colossians 1:9b: …asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. God knows our heart and knows we want to do his will. He knows we don’t have all the facts. A lot of times, this can paralyze you. You don’t want to go against God’s will so you don’t do anything. That’s when you need to look at what you know IS God’s will. If your course of action is not against what you know God’s will to be, and you’ve prayed for wisdom, guidance, and direction, then have the courage to take a leap of faith. If you’ve not received a clear yes or no, you can step out in faith. But, be willing to change your direction if you do hear him after you’ve stepped out. In Luke 7:17, they acted on what Jesus told them to do. They obeyed out of faith. As a result, they were healed. God often waits for us to step out in faith before we find out what our next step is. In Romans 12:2, it says: …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. So, if you don’t have a clear answer: study his word and pray–then, step out to find out.