How to discern God’s will for your life…October 3, 2012
How do you discern God’s will for your life? Of all the questions a believer grapples with, that one is often first and foremost. It can be difficult to discern God’s will, but thankfully He has given us His word which serves to guide and instruct us as we seek Him and His will. There is a four word progression that I find helpful to remember when considering what God’s will for my life might be; Wisdom, Wait, Word and Will. Exercise wisdom, wait on the Lord, obey His word and then discern His will. Below are several texts that speak to this progression and hopefully illustrate the point.
The 4 W’s
WAIT on the WORD,
To discern His WILL
WISDOM: Prov. 2:2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding, 2:10 For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul, James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all generously and without reproach and it will be given to him.
WAIT: Psalm 25:3 Indeed none of those who wait for you will be ashamed…25:5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, For you are the God of my salvation, For you I wait all the day long. Isa 40:31 For those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength, they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired they will walk and not get weary.
WORD: Ps. 33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp unto my feat and a light unto my path. 2 Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
WILL- Jer. 33:3 call unto me and I will answer you and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know. John 9:31 We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does his will, He hears him. Eph 1:9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which he purposed in Him (Christ).
Pray and seek after God, and He will make your paths straight.