Often times, we, Christians are having a hard time knowing if what is or what will be happening to us is God’s will or not. It’s normal to doubt sometimes, but it’s not normal not to believe in what He can do in our lives.
I’ve been to a lot of situations where I needed to decide on something. More so, I have a lot of dreams, wishes, and prayers that sometimes came true and sometimes it didn’t.
But one thing I learned about these things and that is to still be thankful in all these circumstances. I always remind myself that disappointments are just God’s way of saying “I have something better in store for you,” so there’s no reason for me to blame God for not having what I desire. But then again, if it’s truly God’s will, then nothing can stop it!
So here’s how God reveals to us if it’s His will or not:
He confirms his direction for us the same way he revealed it to us in the first place — through one of these ways:
1. Prayer. We need to seek God in prayer. Luke 11:9-10 promises, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” If we truly seek God’s will, we will find it.
2. His Word. Sometimes while we’re struggling for God’s guidance, a scripture that we are reading will seem to pop out at us confirming which way God wants us to go. Psalm 119:105 tells us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Allow God’s word to illumine your pathway.
3. Circumstances. Events will sometimes indicate God’s direction for us. Paul wrote about such a circumstance in his life in 2 Corinthians 2:12, “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord.” As you are seeking God’s direction, events may establish what you have already felt God telling you to do.
4. Our heart. God will sometimes speak to our hearts. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would help guide us in John 16:13, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Just like Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-12, we need to be listening for God’s still small voice speaking to our soul.
5. Others. Many times when we are struggling with indecision, God will use others to affirm his will. Sometimes a song will speak to us, or God will use the Pastor’s message. Many times a friend will speak to us and, not realizing our struggle, will speak words of encouragement which will help solidify our decision for the Lord. Other times someone on the radio, or a book will proclaim God’s answer to us. God uses his whole church body to minister to one another. Colossians 3:16 instructs us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” God will speak to us whether it’s the word of Christ, or wisdom, or teaching, or admonishing, or songs, or grace in our hearts. God will confirm his will in our lives.
So there you have it dear friends, the moment you start struggling, just refer to these ways! Better yet, build now a strong relationship with our God so that everything will fall into its proper places – in His perfect time and best plans for us.
(ps. to read the whole article on “Finding God’s will for our Life” check this LINK.)