The best way to find God’s will is to say, “I will” to God.
God may give you your choice, but He alone knows what is best, so you’d better ask Him what that is. How do you find God’s best? The first requirement is having no will of your own. According to the Scripture, you need to surrender your life, your mind, and your will, and not be conformed to this world:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
Ask God to lead and guide you. Ask Him to open your heart and mind to His truth. Ask Him to help you to understand it and follow it. Be willing to yield to His will, whatever it may be, and then you’ll find out—you’ll know—because then you’re in a position for God to show you. If you’re His child and you’re letting Him do the choosing, what’s He going to choose for you? He’s going to choose that which is the best for you.
He knows, He loves, He cares,
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those
Who leave the choice with Him.
The secret of success: Choose and yield to God’s will.
God has given us a free will, but to be successful for Him or even as happy as He would like to make us, we have to continually yield that will to Him. We have to find out from Him what His will for us is—what He knows is best for others and us—and then choose that.
Once you have found and chosen God’s will, He will reach down and take ahold of you and move you where He wants you to go. Everybody has their place and job for the Lord, like the pieces on a chessboard. Chesspieces have no will of their own. When a player picks up a chesspiece and moves it to another square, the chesspiece doesn’t protest; it yields and goes where it’s sent, right? Well, you’re in the hands of the Master Player and He’s going to put you wherever He wants you, so trust the Lord.
You don’t have to make all the decisions; you only have to be yielded to His moves and let Him do the thinking and the choosing. You’ve got very limited vision, but He can see the whole game, the whole chessboard and all the pieces. It’s wonderful to let God decide, because He always has our best interests at heart and He knows what’s best.
Don’t trade the best for something merely good.
A lot of people try to get away with what they call “God’s second best.” They desert God’s highest calling because they aren’t willing to pay the price.
But we shouldn’t even consider second best because as far as God is concerned, there’s only one best—the “high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 KJV). If we take second best, it’s not really His second best; it’s our best.
What is sin? It’s missing the mark, missing the target, missing the bull’s eye. It’s not really doing the most important thing that God wants us to do. So “let us lay aside the weights and the sins” (Hebrews 12:1)—anything that keeps us from doing God’s highest and His best, anything that keeps us from being where He knows we’ll be of most use to Him and the biggest blessing to others.
(Prayer:) Lord, bless and keep us all in the center of Your will. Keep us single-minded, single in purpose. We have no idea how great Your purpose is, but we’ve answered Your call. Do help us to do Your best—the best we can, and nothing less.
The first place we look for the will of God is in the Word of God.
God’s written Word is the known, sure, absolute, revealed will of God. So when you aren’t sure what to do or how to go about it, look in His Word at all He’s said before. If God never tells you another thing, if you never get a revelation, if you never see a vision, if you never receive a message from Heaven in prophecy, if you never have the gift of knowledge, if you never have wisdom, if you never have discernment, if you never have the gift of healing, if you never have the gift of miracles, if you’ll just operate according to the written Word of God, you’ll accomplish a whole lot.
Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35). The Bible also tells us: “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in Heaven” (Psalm 119:89). When God speaks to you right from His Book, you know it’s right. There’s no question or any doubt about it! It never fails!
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled!
—John Rippon, A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, 1787
The safest place in the world is in the center of God’s will.
No matter where you are, or how you are, or what you are, or what’s against you, God will keep you safe if you are in the center of His will. It’s a charmed circle where you live a charmed life. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10). “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).
Don’t run outside that circle of God’s will and protection, or God may allow Satan to give you problems. We can suffer sometimes for our sins of carelessness, prayerlessness, haste, and disobedience to the Lord. God is bound by His own rules and laws, and He can’t protect you when you violate the rules. When you’re out of His will, He may even allow you to fall prey to the snares of the Devil.
(Prayer:) Help us to stay close to You, Lord, in the center of Your will. Then we know we have nothing to fear because we’re also in the center of Your provision and protection and blessing, and can trust You utterly because we know we’re being obedient and doing Your will. Amen.
God’s will for you is what He made you for.
Believe it or not, God has a special and unique calling for you—something that only you can do. He is the One who designs both the jobs and the tools to get those jobs done. He knows what kind of tool you are. He knows which job you’re best suited for and what He wants to use you for, so you’d better do what He knows you can do best. Find the job that God has gifted you for, and then stick to it.
If everybody would only be willing and satisfied to fulfill their calling and not want any more or any less, God could greatly use them and make them very happy. But we sometimes make ourselves unhappy by being dissatisfied with what God has given us to do for Him because we haven’t learned, as the apostle Paul did, to be content in whatever state we’re in (Philippians 4:11). We all need to learn to be satisfied and thankful for the place and ministry God has given us.
“Make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall” (2 Peter 1:10 NIV).
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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
Make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall.
–2 Peter 1:10
Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto Thee.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done.
Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
–1 Samuel 15:22
If ye love Me, keep My commandments.
Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
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