What is God’s will for your life?
Just as importantly, how do you determine God’s will?
The fact is, if you’re a believer, God is involved in your life. He has a purpose for you and wants to see you fulfill that purpose. It’s not luck or fate. He didn’t die on the cross without reason; it is to be a life with purpose.
Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Is that it? We certainly know how God’s will is communicated – through our desires.
But remember, He answers our prayers that are in His will –
1 John 5:14-15 “…if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”
So, what is the “will of God?”
God actually tells us His will in the Bible: “This is the will of God, that you be…”
Saved – 1 Timothy 2:3-4 “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Also, 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance
Spirit Filled – Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Sanctified – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.”
Submissive – James 4:7 “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Also, 1 Peter 2:13-15 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God…”
Suffering – 1 Peter 3:17 “For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.”
Thankful – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “..in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
It almost seems too simple, but when God’s will is aligned with your will, you will have the desires of your heart. It was Charles Spurgeon who is quoted as saying.
“When your will is God’s will, you will have your will.”
Note: John MacArthur wrote a small book entitled “Found God’s Will.” That classic book was used to develop the above post.