It’s one of the questions most commonly asked among Christians. We scratch our heads and wonder how we go about making major life decisions. “What college should I go to?” “What career should I choose?” “Who should I marry?” And so on.
Life is filled with decisions big and small, and for the Christian who earnestly seeks to live for God, it can be a daunting process trying to figure out the “elusive” will of God. But is the will of God really elusive? If God really does have a will and an expectation for us, does it make sense that He would conceal it from us or make it hard to find?
The good news is that God’s will is not quite the mystery we often make it out to be. In fact, it is spelled out quite clearly in His Word. I’ve done plenty of soul-searching, praying, Bible reading and talking with trusted Christian friends in my adult years over many major decisions I’ve had to make. Through the process I’ve figured out a few things about God’s will.
In all my searching, however, I’ve never heard such clear, Biblical instruction on God’s will as I did in this sermon by John MacArthur. He tackles the subject thoroughly and biblically in such a way that should make all Christians leap for joy at the clarity revealed on such a traditionally confounding topic.
The link above goes to the audio from the sermon. I highly recommend it to any sincere Christian; take the hour and listen to it. Load it onto your mp3 player if that’s what it takes. Since I know most won’t take the time to do that (though I guarantee it’s well worth it), I’ve pasted the main points below.
Take joy in discovering that God’s will can in fact be known and acted on.
The will of God is not meant to be a secret we must uncover. God wants us to understand His will far more than we want to understand it. He always makes His will clear to those who seek it with an obedient heart.
Most of the real problem areas in the question of God’s will are settled for us in Scripture. The Bible reveals that it is God’s will for all of us to be:
(1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9)
(1 Thessalonians 4:3-7)
(1 Peter 2:13-15)
(Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 3:12)
If all those things are true in your life, you may do whatever you want. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” That means that if you are conforming to God’s will in all the five ways listed above, He will place in your heart desires that reflect His will. So do what you want to do!