What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom. 8:31)
Throughout this study, I’ve tried to convey that God’s Will is good, even if the circumstances aren’t. God can use even the bad situations and our wrong decisions to fulfill His Plan. His ultimate Plan is to build the character of Christ in us and to work out His strategy of telling everyone about the Gospel. God’s Will is to give us a hope and a future, even with His chastising corrections.
I’ve tried to convey that God’s Will is not meant to be difficult to discern. He wants us to know His Will. It doesn’t mean it will come to us automatically. It does require us to do some work. It requires us to know more about who God is and how He works. It requires us to study His Word to learn His clearly stated commands and principles. It requires us to draw closer to Him through prayer, rest, and fellowship with other believing counsel. And it requires us to arm ourselves with spiritual battle gear against Satan and his desire for us to make bad decisions.
I’ve tried to convey that it’s less about merely asking God for guidance when we have a decision, but more about a way of living according to His wisdom and for His desires. It’s being obedient in the little things that set us up to make the right decision for the bigger things. Over time, it becomes more instinctive in knowing what God would have us to do.
I’ve tried to convey that it’s not about knowing exactly what lies ahead. It doesn’t mean that God will voice His answer in clear signs and wonders, but He will guide you. It’s about faith and trusting in a loving God. It’s not about a technique or process to decision-making, but about building a relationship with the Creator.
They only way we can have a life that is built around following God’s Will is to keep God a priority. Going through life is not something we can and should try to figure out alone. And if God is willing to guide us, why wouldn’t we want to grab that help? Having God’s help doesn’t mean that life will be a piece of cake, but it does mean that we don’t have to be filled with fear, apprehension, worry, anxiousness, debilitating regret and shame, feelings of insignificance, or despair in making decisions or living with the ones we’ve made.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; 6 think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. (Prov. 3:5-6)
There is such assurance knowing that you are on the right path and that you are exactly where God wants you to be. There is such a confidence knowing that you don’t have to quit or feel regret when the path gets bumpy because you trusted in God in taking that step. When things don’t make sense and they are beyond your understanding, there is such a peace in your heart that you relied on God. There is such a relief that you don’t need to have it all figured out. There is such a thrill in knowing that God wants you to enjoy yourself in this journey. And there is an excitement when you realize that sometimes God gives you multiple good options to choose from…so just go for it.
PAUSE AND PRAY
Take a few moments and think about all that you’ve learned over the past few weeks. What do you need to do to make certain you are staying connected to God? What do you need to keep in mind when you have another decision in life? Ask God to remind you of these truths before you become worried or anxious about a decision.
This is part of a 4 week devotional plan for the series “Figuring Out God’s Will.” For complete details, see here.