Solomon - “Seek His will in all you do...” (Proverbs 3:6)
The Bible teaches us that the Lord wants to give us guidance in every area of our lives. King David writes “The Lord says, ‘I will you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8). The Lord wants to give us the guidance we need spiritually, but He also wants to guide us physically, financially, vocationally, and relationally. So the question is, how can we discover God’s will and way for our lives?
First, we discover God’s will by studying His Scriptures. The Psalmist writes, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 199:104-105) If we are going to learn God’s will for our lives, then we are going to have to read, study, and hear God’s Word. Daily Bible reading, small group participation, and regular worship service attendance are necessary for us if we are to know God’s plans and purposes for our lives.
Second, we discover God’s will by listening to His Spirit. When the 1st century Christians needed direction from the Lord, they didn’t have a Bible to refer to other than the Old Testament, so what did they do? Luke writes, “While they were worshiping and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’” (Acts 13:2). As we pray and seek direction from the Lord, the Holy Spirit speaks to us and guides us. While it does provide general guidance for virtually everything in life, the Bible doesn’t tell us what college to attend, what career to pursue, what community to live in, what house to buy, or what person to date or marry. To have the Lord’s direction for those types of decisions, we’ve got to be able to receive direction from the Holy Spirit.
Third, we discover God’s will by consulting with His Saints. The term “saints” here doesn’t mean the football team that plays in the Superdome or men and women of the past who have lived holy lives or done miraculous things. According to the Bible, all dedicated Christians are saints and God sometimes speaks to us through them, giving us the counsel and direction we need to discover His will for our lives. Solomon writes, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22). When making important decisions, we need to seek the counsel of godly people who know God’s Word and can hear from God’s Spirit.
Followup Activity - In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out three areas where you are seeking the Lord’s will. Whenever you pray this week, ask the Lord to speak to you about each matter. Then, make sure to spend ample time in Bible study, personal prayer, and communication with other believers about these matters. If you’re leading your family through this devotion, come up with a list of three areas where your family is seeking direction from the Lord. Then, pray as a family that God would speak to your entire family about each matter.
Prayer for Today - Lord, help me be willing to discover Your will through the Scriptures, Your Spirit, or other Saints. In Jesus’ name, Amen.