Knowing the Will of God

Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

How can we know the will of the almighty God? How is it possible for man to know the mind of God? God has a plan for your life, but how does He reveal it to us? We all want to know the will of God in our lives. The most important thing to remember is that nothing can be the will of God for us if it is contrary to the Word of God. This means we all must do as Jesus says in John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life.” How can we know God’s will if we don’t know His Word.

Second, God will show us what His will is if we are willing to follow His plan. We must be willing to obey His will even before we know what it is. In Luke 22:42 Jesus said “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” We have to be sensitive to His Spirit and obedient to His will. I Samuel 15:22 says “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.”

Another point to consider is that we have to listen for the voice of God. Unless we listen there is no point in God trying to say anything to us. For most everyone this isn’t an audible voice but is that thought or impression on us by the Holy Ghost.

 

Now we don’t always understand everything that happens to us in life. We don’t know why God allowed things to happen in a particular way. We didn’t want them to work out like they did sometimes. We don’t understand why He didn’t answer our prayer like we prayed it. But that’s the thing, God knows the past, present, and future. He knows what is best for His children. That’s why we must always have in the back of our mind this verse from Isiah 55:8-9says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” It may take a lot of faith to pray that prayer sometimes. But remember, we are God’s children and He loves us and wants the very best for us.

 

One more important thing, we will never know God’s perfect will for us all the time. He is God alone, and He alone is omniscient (all-knowing). When we don’t know God’s perfect will in a situation, we just have to have faith in Him.  For Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” And Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

 

So the only way we can ever even begin to really know the answer to these questions can be summed up like this: we must know Him and His Word; we must have faith in Him; we must spend time seeking His will and direction daily in prayer; we must listen for the voice of God; and we must be willing to yield to Him in every part of our life.

Brother Parsons

   May 2019   
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