How to Know God’s Will for Your Life

Knowing God’s will. I have wrestled with that flesh eating monster more times in my life than I care to admit. The fingers of doubt and uncertainty tap on my shoulder to distract me whenever God wants to take me to the next level of knowing Him. 

So, how do we differentiate between something not being in God’s will or open spiritual warfare keeping us from pursuing God’s will? Do we just move forward and hope God is going to bless it, or step back and avoid heartache? Is it possible to hear the Holy Spirits promptings and walk with confidence toward God’s will? How to know God’s will for your life is a very critical question with radical life changing answers.

During times of wrestling and seeking there are three key truths which will help us to discern God’s voice and follow His will. If we want to know God’s will for our lives, these three truths will be helpful guide to help you discern.

1. The Bible Matters. 

Knowing God’s will isn’t reserved for pastors and Bible teachers. The mind of God was written down in 66 books, so the heart of God is within our grasp. If we want to know what His thoughts are in our current situation, all we have to do is pick it up or open the app and seek Him

Scripture might not going to come right out and say that we should move to Spokane and pursue a job at a fish hatchery, because the Bible doesn’t work that way. 

How does it work, then?  

It tells us how to make wise decisions and reveals the nature and character of a God who leads His people into human flourishing. The Bible will warn us about poor choices, consequences of bad relationships, and how to move forward after mistakes. It is full of normal people just like us who are seeking God and to be faithful to His plans for their life. So much can be learned from their victories and defeats.

We learn about grace, sin, redemption, and forgiveness. The Bible guides us toward our desperate need for salvation through the precious sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. His word matters for this life and the next.

Surround yourself with Scripture! 

Writing out verses on notecards will encourage us to praise, trust, and rely on God. Choosing verses that build our faith, display God’s faithfulness, and encourage to us to trust in His promises. Also, finding characters in the Bible who are struggling in the same area we are is a great way to gain insights and direction from the Lord. Focusing on the over-comers in the Bible will give our hearts a vision for our time of waiting. On the flip side, looking into biblical characters who have disobeyed God’s promptings is also educational.

Posting verses in places where we can read them throughout our day is a great way to encourage ourselves in the Lord moment by moment. Whether we stick them on our bathroom mirror, refrigerator, or on our desk we can keep our eyes fixed on Christ.  

Keeping our minds saturated with Scripture keeps the adversary from playing mind games as we seek God’s will for our lives.

2. Prayer Matters. 

There are those that say they will pray and then there are those beautiful people who actually do. They not only bring an outside perspective but challenge us with honest conversation. Choosing one or two godly and trustworthy women who are willing to pray, keep us accountable, and to follow up as we journey through uncertainty is vital. Together we can target our prayers in specific areas and lift each other up. Prayer warriors can help us seek God’s will as they intercede on our behalf. The Holy Spirit may reveal a bible verse or a sermon to our prayer partners which will help us put the puzzle pieces together. and encourage you in your time of seeking

Secure yourself with TRUE prayer warriors!

While we should link arms with other godly women, we can’t let it replace our own personal intimate conversations with God. What we do in our own prayer time and write in our prayer journals can move mountains. Searching for God’s will for our life depends on our ability to obey what we learn through scripture, and have an open honest conversation with our Creator.

3. Perspective Matters.

We are not just waiting on a person or a situation to change. We are waiting on the Sovereign God of the Universe to move on our behalf. 

When uncertainty creeps in, it is easy to get a laser like focus on the here and now and lose sight of what really matters. God sees our life from beginning to end. We can trust He has a plan, and it is for our good even if it hurts. 

Going through horrendous trials in life isn’t an indicator of spiritual success or defeat. We can be smack dab in the center of His will and suffer real heartache and pain. Being a follower of Jesus Christ is not easy and sometimes He calls us to difficult things. He still loves us, grows us, challenge us, and uses our circumstances to show us more of Him. Without those trials, our faith would be stunted. 

The Lord calls us to surrender to His perspective and wait on His sovereign timing.

Our time of waiting isn’t wasted time. It is a sacred place where God gets our full attention and exposes us to His perspective.

Knowing God’s will and direction for our life is a matter of trust. Are we willing to search and suffer while God shifts our circumstances? Are we willing to breathe and rest our souls while we seek Him? Do we keep our eyes on Christ in our waiting? Can we wait while He is moving people, creating opportunities, and changing circumstances?

7 Bible Verses for How to Know God’s Will for Your Life

  • Isaiah 64:8: “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.”
  • Isaiah 30:22: “Your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-11: “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”
  • Proverbs 13:20: “He who walks with wise men will be wise but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
  • Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
  • Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
  • Psalm 27:8: “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Meet the author

Sheryl Aeschliman

Sheryl Aeschliman loves being a Midwest farmer’s wife, mom, and grandma. As an author, teacher, and leader in women’s ministry, she draws from over thirty years of experience in helping women of all ages discover Biblical truth. Her calling and passion to equip Christian women led her to create Simply Scripture to help others find their identity in Christ. Sheryl writes and teaches online Bible studies designed to guide women into the grace that is only found in Jesus.

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