Trusting God's will
The most wonderful thing we will ever do is find out God's will for our lives and follow.
What a wonderful thing it will be to step into and walk in the will of our gracious, loving Father!
When I'm talking about God's will, I mean everything from the people who God wants us to be around, the right church and spiritual home for us, even down to be equally yoked with a spouse that helps and supports our calling.
However, one you will discover, though, is that God's perfect will isn't like an Instagram account. It's not picture perfect, with no blemishes.
This isn't the case.
God is God. And yes, He is good!
But our life is also real.
Now, sometimes your life is exhilarating.
And sometimes there are hard days...
Days filled with failure, days when fear attacks, or perhaps you experience a great loss.
Despite the contrasting experiences we can have in this life, I want you to know and believe that God works all this together for good when you love Him.
God weaves that bad day with that good thing. He takes that hurt and that memory, and he connects it to this lesson and that person.
Hear me when I say that God is fully in control. He takes that situation that looks dim and bleak in your life, that pressure, that uncertainty, and He uses it to teach you. To break down your pride and stubbornness, so that your character develops into someone who can be productive for His kingdom.
So to the mother who is in a state of worry. To the father who is doing his best not to show the stress he is under. To the woman who feels like she's been rejected, or the man who just doesn't have much hope for the future.
I would like to give you a word of hope. I would like to encourage you not to sink in this experience you are in.
Don't drown in that world.
Don't pass out in this dry season.
Hold on because this too shall pass.
Of course, you don't have all the answers right now. But when you are believing that God will make a way when there seems to be no way, then every experience that you go through. No matter how tough. No matter how hopeless it looks to the natural eyes.
Reach out and hold on to that word of God that says that all things God works for the good of those who love him. Who have been called according to His purpose.
There is a purpose to this season.
Be strong in the Lord and believe that He is working something out in the season you're in.
Isaiah understood this concept of God mixing and weaving all of these experiences we have in life.
Isaiah 63:14 says:
"Like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest by the Spirit of the Lord. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name."
The prophet remembers the people going through Egypt to the promised land.
God will guide you through this season, through this experience all for His glory.
But how it works? How God guides us?
God's word - The Bible
I believe that oftentimes we can know God's will for our lives because He's laid it out in front of you, in plain view.
Just think about this: it's unlikely that you will probably ever meet a believer who can say they heard a thunderous voice from God, coming from the sky, and guiding them to their purpose.
And you are unlikely to meet someone who's had an amazing, sudden divine experience like Paul on the road to Damascus.
Instead, God has spoken all throughout the Bible.
That's why we call it God's word!
And these marvelous words are like a text message. When you friend sends a text you read it. You discover what your friend is saying.
In the same way, God spells out His will for all people in the Bible.
For example: is it His will to let anger boil inside like a volcano, and go out, and take a revenge on an enemy? No! There are messages in the Bible written about this, encouraging to do what Jesus said. Which is, to love your enemy.
The point I'm trying to put across is that:
What jumps out to you in the Bible will be unique to you, to your life, to your experiences. God is so big, and so magnificent, that He can give us all different revelations from the same Bible verse! You can find God's will for many areas of your life in His words.
David knew this. He wrote in Psalm 119:105:
"God's word is the lamp to my feet and a light for my path."
It directs us!
He said in Psalm 119:24:
"Your statutes are my delight. They are my counselors."
Here the Bible advises us that the more familiar you are with God's word, with His commands, examples, and the principles found in His word, the more clear God's will can be for you.
So get to know the Bible!
When you need understanding, pray like David did in Psalm 119:18 and 35:
"God, open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law. Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find a light."
Being at peace - The Holy Spirit
But of course, there are those time that you've got to make a decision, and you want really specific guidance. You need the exact, detailed will of God.
Should I marry him? Is this the house God plans for me to buy?
You've got this precise questions. What then?
Well, you simply make use of the many resources that have grown out of God and out of His word.
I would urge you to ask, seek the wisdom, and counsel of the helper: the Holy Spirit. You will find that if you listen to that still, small voice in the depths of your soul. He will provide help.
It could be a state of being at peace with one option versus another.
Or your heart could be tugged and pulled towards one decision versus another.
Reaching out - Prayer
An additional resource is prayer.
Earnestly pray for God's will!
Fast and pray. Pray for the whole night. Do what you have to, but pray without ceasing. God is able to inform your heart when you pray like this.
He did that for the Lord Jesus in the garden on the night he was arrested. For hours he agonized in prayer over his future. Over what he preferred to do as a man and what his Father's will was for him that night as a son.
Be like Jesus.
Listen in prayer for the still, quiet voice of God. You will hear Him behind you, saying "This is the way, walk in it."
There might be times when you wonder if the voice you are hearing is really God's quiet leading, or just your own private thoughts.
This is a common dilemma! There are even examples in the Bible.
Joseph is one: soon after Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary fled with Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod. When that king died, God told Joseph in a dream to take his family back.
But when Joseph heard Herod's son had taken power, and Matthew 2 says "This news made Joseph afraid". If he went to Bethlehem, he would be dangerously near the new ruler.
But was that fear overriding God's will for him?
Well. God graciously came to Joseph in another dream. He said "Go elsewhere".
So Joseph took the family to the other end of the country.
Psalm 25:9 says:
"He guides the humble in what is right, and teaches them His way."
In your uncertainties God will guide you.
Your unique self - God's made you!
Finally, a last resource is your own unique history. God created you and nurtured you through life up to this point like a loving father.
He has wired you in a specific way. He has influenced you in a particular direction.
Your experiences, the good, the bad, the uncomfortable, the painful. The memorable and happy things you have gone through, all have shaped you in a way that only God wanted them to.
That means who you are can be a compass pointing you to God's will. Or a preparation for where He will guide you next, and for the new relationships He wants to give you.
So look for God's will in the things you are naturally good at, or enjoy, or have been trained to do, and prayerfully pursue them.
In all of this, we walk by faith.
When you have humbly put God first, asked for His will to become clearer, looked in His word, and received confirmation within you, that is the most likely way forward.