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You Can Know God’s Will (Really!)

What is God’s will for my life?
How do I find it?
How will I know if I’m doing the right thing?

We’ve all wrestled with these questions.

Our lives are full of decisions. These decisions often drive us to seek this idea we call “the will of God.” We know God is in control, but we grow restless when presented with options and different paths we must choose.

God’s will sometimes seems like an elusive, mystic idea. Or we might think that God’s will always appears to us with crystal clarity if we are truly seeking God.

I personally struggled with understanding the will of God when I was trying to choose a college. Now I’m weighing my options for this spring when I graduate. Decisions never stop needing to be made.

Recently, I was challenged by a verse that struck me with its succinctness.

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thess. 4:3).

Don’t miss this! God’s overarching will for His children is remarkably simple. He desires our sanctification—a big word that simply means becoming more and more like Jesus. This is God’s plan for us! He wants us to grow in our love for God and for one another so our lives showcase the holiness of Jesus Christ.

The writer of 1 Thessalonians goes on to say, “For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you” (1 Thess. 4:7–8).

You might be asking yourself, what does this have to do with the will of God for my life? Where does this passage tell me:

  • Where to go to college?
  • Which church to go to?
  • Who to marry?
  • Which career to have?

God undoubtedly cares about and guides us in these decisions, make no mistake. But we often overlook how He does that.

When we put holiness first in our lives, our hearts will be softer and more willing to obey the Spirit. When we are walking in the Spirit, our decisions will reflect the heart of God. This is why we must not forget that God’s primary plan for us is to be like Him. It is a basic and essential goal that we are called to chase. As we grow to reflect Jesus, our decisions will naturally begin to be what God desires of us. He will lead us. He will guide us.

Next time you begin to fret and stress over a major life decision, I would encourage you to step back and take a look at your personal spiritual walk. Ponder questions like:

  • Am I reading my Bible?
  • Is my heart sensitive to the leading of the Spirit?
  • Is there sin hindering my walk with God?
  • Am I seeking to be set apart or to fit in?

Whatever decisions you are facing today, know that you can be in God’s will by seeking holiness. This is God’s will for each of us.

About Author

Alathia Hayes

Alathia Hayes is a graciously forgiven college sophomore with a passion for writing and strong coffee. When she’s not writing or studying, you will likely find her playing piano, perusing local used book shops, or participating in an epic round of Mario Kart with her brothers.

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