One of the most common questions I get from Christians is, "How do I know what God wants me to do?" Or, "How do I know the will of God for my life?" or some other similarly worded question. Probably everyone who is reading this, including myself, have asked this question far more than just once. We all want to have an answer.
My response over the years as been about the same to each person. What I share with you here is what I practice myself for I have sought God's guidance almost every day, if not, every hour!
1. Do now what you know you should be doing. Read His Word daily, pray daily, seek Christian fellowship, worship God with other believers, and keep at it. God has plenty to say about what He wants from us and it's laid out pretty clear in Scripture. Someday I'll share all the passages that speak of the "will of God" but let me share a few with you.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3 - "For this is the will of God, your sanctification, that you should abstain from sexual immorality." Pretty clear isn't it?! Living a moral life is God's will. Are you? Am I?
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Being thankful is what God wants. That's why it is included in Philippians 4:6 when we bring our requests to God. We are also to bring our thanksgiving too. Do you? Do I?
- 1 Peter 2:15 - "For this is the will of God that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men." Doing good is God's will, not just once in a while but all the time. Do you? Do I?
2. If you're not doing God's will that you already know you should do, why do you expect God Him to show you more?
3. If you are doing what God wants and He doesn't make clear what else you should do, then keep doing what you're doing, wait on the Lord, and trust Him to make things clear when He knows the time is right.
4. Pray and ask others to pray with you and for you. In our Daily Verse, King Jehoshaphat was finishing a prayer for God's guidance. He had asked all the people to join him in prayer. See verse 3 and 4 of the same chapter. God will make His will known, in His time.
5. Seek Christian counsel - some of your closest Christian friends can already see what God is doing in your life and God may use them to make His will clear to you. Be sensitive to the Spirit working though believers.
God answered Jehoshaphat which is recorded in verses 14-18. Note that the king worshiped the Lord when the answer was clear. Be sure you do the same.