Discerning God’s Will – Part One

When people ask for pastoral advice or counsel, more often than not, it has something to do with discerning God’s will for their lives. It’s actually extremely commendable when a person wants to know God’s will, especially when they are committed to following His will once they know it.

As for me, there are some guidelines I have always used in discerning the will of God for my life. I will very briefly share these guidelines over the next few weeks. 

Submit our hearts

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2.

We can only discover God’s will if our hearts fully belong to Him. In all probability, if our hearts do not belong to God, then we would either not be interested in knowing God’s will or would not follow it even if we knew what it was. 

A heart that belongs to God desires to know and do His will.

Search our desires

“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.

Knowing our own desires will help us see God’s will for us more clearly. Often times, our own desires cloud the issue.

It may be helpful to ask ourselves the question, “Am I seeking God’s will or my own heart’s desire?”

Seek guidance from above (pray)

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5.

Nothing happens without prayer. Prayer is our life line to God. We have not, because we ask not.

If we wanted to know the will of our parents on a certain issue, how would we go about discovering it? Wouldn’t we ask them? So ask your Father in heaven.

How do we discern the will of God? We can start by submitting our hearts, searching our desires and seeking guidance from above.

Something to think about…