by Alexander Twyman
How do we find or discover God's will for our lives? This by far is one of the most important questions anyone can ever ask. Since it is our "chief end to glorify God and enjoy Him forever" (Westminster Catechism), what God desires for us to do and to be should be one of our life's main pursuits. But how do we "discover" God's will? Is it hidden? Is it camped out years away waiting for us to haphazardly bump into it? Or, is it something that is right in front of us?
I'd say the latter. God's will isn't some concept that we have to divine as if we had a crystal ball. God has already given us His word to discover what His will is. In Romans 12:2 the bible says, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”(ESV)
The Bible gives us clear steps on how we can come to know what God’s will is. First, we must not be conformed to the world (Psalm 1, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Colossians 2:8). This means that we should not be, think, or behave as the world does. Secondly, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. This is the idea of sanctification. While we are learning to become more like Christ, we also learn to train our senses to recognize counterfeits. In truth, we are bombarded with news, movies, TV, anti-Christian education, pop culture, materialism, and a host of other things that are designed to subtly but effectively turn us away from God to an anti-God and anti-biblical way thinking and doing. Third, we must learn to approve what is God’s will by testing. In other words, we must learn to interpret, examine, and test circumstances using God’s word and guidance from the Holy Spirit so that we are properly able to approve or discern what is good, and perfect, and acceptable to God. By doing these things, we are able to know what God's will is.
So, what are some practical ways to not be conformed to the world, and to be transformed? First, read your bible (2 Timothy 3:16). All Scripture is given so you can be equipped for EVERY good work. Do you want to know what God wants you to do? Read your bible. Do you want to know what decision to make? Read your bible. Second, think biblically (Proverbs 3:5-6, 2 Corinthians 10:5). Consider your motives and actions. Consider the costs of whatever decision you want to make. Third, pray biblically (James 4:1-4, Matthew 6:5-13). Pray that God would lead you in His right paths and that His will be done. Fourth, seek wise counsel from people who read their bibles (Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 19:20-21). Seek counsel from wise and biblically grounded people who have either been where you want to go or have experienced what you want to experience. Lastly, if you still don’t know what to do, repeat. God is never opposed to making His will clear for you. Sometimes it is a matter of timing, but rest assured that you can know and accomplish what He has planned for you. God bless.
Over the next few months, we will be diving more into this topic. We will learn what God's will is in the first place and what it is not. We will talk about what it means to “not be conformed to the world”. We will learn about how to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind”, and lastly, we will discuss the concept of "testing" and discerning God's will. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at email@example.com or hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We would love to hear from you.