Recently in Bible Study at work we discussed how we can know God’s will. Knowing God’s will for your life is important, and it can help you with such important decisions as knowing what career to pursue, who you should marry, or whether or not you should eat the last piece of pizza. Seeing as this is a big question for a lot of people I thought I would share with you some of my best tips on the art of discerning God’s will for your life:
Follow Your Heart
This is the first and most important way to know God’s will. Sometimes people will say things like “You can’t trust your heart” or “The heart is deceitful above all things.” But what they have forgotten is that God gave you a heart, and you can trust it. Your desires are good and should be followed. You deserve to be happy, and God wants nothing more than for you to be happy. If it makes you happy, it’s probably God’s will for you.
Look to Nature
God didn’t just give you a heart, he also made nature. If you want to know what God’s will is look to nature. Want to know if you should get married? Look to the sky, perhaps there will be a cloud in the shape of your loved one. Want to know whether to take that job? Look to the ants, the hardest workers of God’s creatures may give you guidance. Need to make a big decision? Stand in a quiet peaceful place, like a forest glade or a coastal headland, and if you feel peace when you think about the decision you want to make, you’ll know that you have made the right choice. It’s God’s true equation: Peaceful place + peaceful heart = God’s will.
Give God a Test
God loves being put to the test, so if you’re still not sure you can always give him a test. For instance, say you want to buy yourself a new red car, say “God, if I see a red car in the next 10 minutes, I’ll know you want me to buy the car.” If God really wants you to buy the car, he’ll send one along. If he doesn’t, he won’t. God made the universe, he can certainly organise the traffic a little to answer your query. Or perhaps you feel challenged to serve God overseas – say “God, I’m thinking of serving you overseas. I will go if you send me. If, in the next two minutes, a Buddhist Monk comes and introduces himself and tells me his name is Glen I will know you have called me to serve overseas.” God can do all things, he can certainly arrange Glen the Monk’s itinerary to make sure you meet each other at the opportune time.
God loves a good test.
Ask Your Friends
What are friends for if not to give you great advice? Some friends may say things you find difficult to hear. They might challenge you or tell you they disagree with you. This might make you feel uncomfortable, but remember real friends don’t make you feel uncomfortable. Real friends are the people you can go to with anything and they’ll make you feel good about yourself. That’s what real friends are for. Listen to those people.
Give it a go
How better can you figure out what God wants for you unless you just have a crack? Buy the thing. Get the loan. Quit your job. Kiss that person. Leave your marriage. You’ll only be able to figure out if something was right or wrong in hindsight. So do it! As it says in Proverbs 34:12 “You’ll only know if you have a go.”
Open Your Bible to a Random Page and Put Your Finger in a Random Spot
Try it. If doctors can do it with medical books, you can do it with the Bible.
Read Inspirational Quotes on Facebook
The truest truths are found when you write it in text over a pretty background. God speaks best through jpgs. If they’re a little bit low quality and pixelated because they keep getting saved and screenshot, then saved, cropped and screenshot again, then you know they must be really good advice. Pay special attention to those ones.
So there you go. A few of my professional tips on how to know God’s will for your life. Enjoy!
Hopefully, it’s clear that I’m joking. I know you probably figured it out, but sometimes it’s good to clarify. I think the true answer involves a combination of the Holy Spirit, the Bible, prayer, wise advice, and Christian maturity. If you would like to hear my more serious sermon (it still has some jokes though, don’t worry) on God’s will for your life you can listen here to “Does God have a plan for my life?”.