What does it take to discover God’s will for your life?
And when you’ve found it, how can you be sure that you’ve found it? Will you feel a burning sensation in your chest, like some sort of divine Vick’s Vapor Rub? Will you have an unshakable sense of peace? Will you see a sign from heaven?
Maybe. Probably not. I wouldn’t trust the chest-on-fire experience anyway.
So how do you get on the path of finding God’s will? It starts with the assurance of God’s character and word. In Psalm 32:8 the Lord promises:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Finding God’s will begins with the assurance that God will lead you.
God isn’t hiding his will from you. It’s not something to be discovered by putting out fleeces (if I get a phone call in the next ten minutes, then I know it’s God’s will), or feelings, or supernatural signs. Finding God’s will starts by knowing that God desires to lead you.
And usually, God leads us to make decisions through the normal processes of prayer, seeking the counsel of others, and then going forward.
Does this mean that we’ll never experience peace in our decisions or have a strong sense of God leading us? No. Many times we will. But we shouldn’t depend on these experiences. Ultimately, our assurance of finding God’s will is rooted in God’s promises to us.
God wants to lead you more than you want to be lead.