The “Lord’s will” is primarily focused on transformation, and less on location. We tend to lock in on where God wants us while God is all about who we’re becoming.
Ephesians 5:17 clarifies what is most important: “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” The wise know God’s limits, while fools know no bounds. A fool is not just someone who is a couple bricks short of a load, or one whose elevator does not go to the top floor. In Proverbs, the fool is the one who doesn’t follow God’s ways. He’s the one who knows the right thing to do but instead does the opposite, or simply does nothing. Proverbs 1:32 says that the “complacency of fools will destroy them.”
The word “understand” carries the idea of assembling facts into an organized whole, like putting pieces of a puzzle together. And it’s in the present imperative, meaning that it’s a command to make this a continual practice. How does one understand the will of God? Simply put, by reading, meditating, memorizing, studying and applying the Word of God.
God doesn’t always tell us everything about the future, does He? Here’s a principle that is helpful. If you want to know God’s will then do the will of God that you already know. Many times we ask God to tell us what to do and I imagine Him saying, “I’ve already told you in my Word but you’re not doing what you already know.” The old adage is true: “God doesn’t steer parked cars.” If you want the Almighty to guide you, then start moving on those things you already know He wants you to do.
Here are seven things we absolutely already know about God’s will from the Scriptures.
- God wants you to be saved (2 Peter 3:9).
- God wants you to surrender (Romans 12:2).
- God wants you to give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
- God wants you to be sanctified and to avoid immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
- God wants you to live a good life (1 Peter 2:15).
- God wants you to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8).
- God wants you to delight in doing His will (Psalms 40:8).
It was Will Rogers who said that half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. Someone else said it like this: “Life is too short to do everything we want to do; but it is long enough for us to do everything God wants us to do.”
*This article was originally written/published by the author under the title “Finding God’s Will.”