Understanding God’s will (1)
When you know you’re in the center of God’s will for your life, you have peace in spite of adverse circumstances. You have confidence to go to God at any time, knowing that He’ll provide what you need. You ask, ‘But how can I tell if I’m in the will of God?’
By knowing these two things, which are clearly laid out in the Bible:
1) You must be a Christian. Paul tells us, ‘For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God’ (Romans 8:14 NASB). Only as a believer do you have the Spirit’s presence within you. And you must have this inside help if you’re going to follow the will of God and enjoy the blessing it brings.
2) You must exercise wisdom. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is’ (Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV 2011 Edition).
The famous theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards entered Yale University in 1716 at age thirteen, and at seventeen he graduated at the head of his class. By age twenty he ‘resolved never to lose one moment of time; but to improve it the most profitable way I can’. At twenty-six he pastored one of the largest Congregational churches in Massachusetts. And when God decided to visit New England in the ‘Great Awakening’, He chose to use Jonathan Edwards because he was prepared and ready. Doing the will of God calls for staying sensitive to the Holy Spirit and living in a state of perpetual readiness.
So, how are you doing with that?
‘Understand what the Lord’s will is.’ Ephesians 5:17 NIV (2011 Edition)