With so many options to choose from in life, like what school should I go to? What car should I buy? Should I go down this career path? Could this be my spouse?
It’s so crucial to know what God’s saying about the decisions we make and what His will for us really is.
Recently I’ve been vacillating between some housing and career options that are so different, they are literally on the opposite sides of the country. There’s both really awesome benefits to each opportunity and equally they face their own set of challenges and here I am stuck in the middle asking should I stay? Should I go? And how do I know God’s will?
1. Be Filled With The Holy Spirit
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
– Ephesians 5:18
The first step to knowing God’s will is being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our helper and our guide.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
– John 14:26
Daily connection with God is crucial to life and knowing God’s will. We should ask God daily to be empowered, strengthened, and led by His Holy Spirit. That His presence will penetrate all you do and throughout the day listen intently for his instruction, direction and wisdom.
And I’ve filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and all kinds of craftsmanship
2. Thankfulness & Contentment
In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful andcontinually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
-1 Thessalonians 5:18
An attitude of gratitude!
Despite what our situations look like; circumstances feel like, the Word of God says to
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.” -Psalm 107:1
It doesn’t say give thanks to the Lord when life is good and when you feel like doing it. When you know God is in control of all things, that there are no mistakes in heaven and details don’t just slip through the cracks, this is just one of countless reasons why you can be thankful that God is good.
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.
– Romans 8:28
3. Live W-H-O-L-L-Y Committed to Christ
For this is God’s will: that you become holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality,
– 1 Thessalonians 4:3
Lastly, living a life of purity and holiness is crucial to knowing God’s will for your life and carrying it out; God will never contradict His word. So if you are striving to model a life reflective of the principles of righteousness and truth found in God’s word you can be 100% sure He’s not telling you to steal your rent money from your parents or to go have sex with your partner outside of marriage. We use the Word of God as a way to test and verify all things.
On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.
-1 Thessalonians 5:21