How to find God's will for your life in one simple question.
Can I set you free from the endless maze of trying to figure out God’s will in one sentence?
God's will is for you to walk in faith.
Whoa! did you get that? I know it wasn't that profound but I promise it will change your life if you believe it. Let me say it again in a different way.
Following Jesus REQUIRES walking down a path of faith.
Man, I tell you, when it comes to 'finding' God’s will, I honestly don't know if anything has given me more clarity as much as that truth. Here's how Paul put it:
For without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
We walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
How freeing is that? We walk by faith and NOT by sight.
i.e the Christian walk is not about what you know and what you can see rather It's about trusting God (faith) because you don't know and can't see.
To put it plainly, that verse means there are many things you’re NOT supposed to know for sure so take a deep breath.
I know you’re probably hoping for an angel visit or a neon sign but what if God’s will for _____ is that you won't know 100% about ______?
Not because he wants to confuse you but because he wants you to trust him.
You see, I think the reason many of us have problems with God’s will is because we think “GPS system”.
Turn right in 2 miles. Marry her. Move to Cali by train in 13 days. Buy white house with grey roof. Pick 3rd major on 4th page of college syllabus.
Yea, I wish it was that easy too but it's not. The Holy Spirit is not a divine GPS system.
He’s more like dad looking up at a scared kid on the diving board asking you to jump in the deep end.
"I know it's scary. I know you don't know how deep, high or cold it is but you should jump anyway because I am WITH you".
That's more what Jesus sounds like. Yes God might not have told you to do ____ instead of ____ but he is telling you something.
Want to know my will regarding _______? Trust me. That's my will. Walk by faith.
God has used me in some incredible ways but I can honestly say I've NEVER been 100% sure about any of them. Yes that includes my marriage, my job and Bebe's adoption. I have felt a 'nudge' but it was far from a guarantee.
Ever wonder why you won’t see one example of an Old Testament saint in Hebrews 11 that knew 100% what God wanted them to do?
Hebrews 11 is not a hall of “I-knew-for-sure-what-God-wanted-me-to-do”. No, quite the contrary. Hebrews 11 is a hall of "I-trusted-God-and-went-for-it-even-though-I-wasn't-sure".
Do you see how freeing that is?
But then when I wake up in the morning, I have to go do something because I'm called to WALK in faith.
Christians aren't called to wait till we know how everything will play out. Christians are called to go like we know, even though we don't know.
Here's how my former pastor put it:
Faith is spelled R.I.S.K.
Or to put it differently, faith is not spelled... S.I.T.O.N.T.H.E.C.O.U.C.H.A.N.D.D.O.N.O.T.H.I.N.G.U.N.T.I.L.Y.O.U.A.R.E.S.U.R.E
See, I don’t think we are stuck because we need to know more but rather because we are afraid. We don't want to risk or fail so we ask God for his will, which is often code for an assurance that we won't fail.
“Finding” God’s will sounds super spiritual until we find out that God’s will is for us to risk, try, fail and trust. God's will is that you won't know for sure before you go.
Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not asking you to be stupid. Young guy, don't ask her to marry you after 3 dates because Sammy said we should take risks.
Also, to be fair, there are seasons where God makes us wait. I don't think this contradicts what I'm saying because when we wait, we trust.
So here's what I propose. Rather than constantly asking what God’s specific will for _____ is, what if we started asking...
How does God want me to trust him with ______?.
You do that, you ask that one question and you will have clarity in the unknown. I promise.
We will talk more 'practically' tomorrow, but for now, we have to start by knowing we aren't supposed to know lest we keep asking all the wrong questions.
Great dialogue yesterday. Please keep it going...
Does anyone else find freedom in knowing that we're not supposed to always know for sure?
Also, what's something you need to trust God for instead of trying to figure out exactly how its going to play out?
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