Do you ever struggle with knowing God’s will for your life or in a particular situation? Me, too! I don’t think God intends for His will to be a mystery to us. If we are believers in and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, then we will want the will of God for our lives. So when we are faced with choices, how do we know what that will is?
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will (NIV).
This Scripture tells us that in order to know God’s will, we have to think like Him. If we are thinking like the world, we will not be able to discern the will of God for our lives. We can conform – or be transformed. These words were written by Paul a couple thousand years ago, and yet even then the world’s way of thinking was not conducive to the life of a Christ-follower.
I’ve learned that what we see and hear on a daily basis is what we are feeding our souls. We can choose what we will watch, listen to, and think about. God has given us free will. If we don’t tend the garden of our minds, anything can grow there. We have to be intentional about what seeds are falling onto that fertile soil. We may be growing weeds. Weeds will choke out the fruitfulness that God intends.
What we feed will grow, but what we starve will die. If we continue to feed our flesh with worldly ideas, words, images, and music, then the flesh will grow. The more we feed the flesh, the more it will want. Soon our spirit will be so dry that we will not be able to discern the things of God.
But if, instead, we starve the flesh and deny it the pleasures it craves, eventually its cries will grow quieter. Especially if we begin to feed our spirit. So how do we feed our spirit? Give it what it wants! Our spirit wants the things of God in our lives – His Word, His worship, His presence. The more we hunger and thirst for the things of God, the more we will be filled. As we seek God’s presence and make the conscious choice to turn away from those desires of the flesh, we will walk in intimacy with Him.
Reading and studying God’s Word every day will renew our minds and transform our thinking into His ways. When we think God’s thoughts, we will be able to test whether or not something is His will for us. God’s will never contradicts His Word. God’s ways are the ways of peace. God’s will follows wisdom.
So you want to know God’s will for your life? Get to know Him more intimately. Spend more time in His presence. Turn off the television and open the Word. Put on some worship music and sing praises to Him. Your spirit will be at peace in His presence, and He will make known to you the paths of life.