Doing God's Will

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:5-6 Living Bible

How can I discover God’s will for my life? What are His plans for me?

Reading God’s Word and praying are the first and best ways to discover God’s will for our lives. We live in a world with confused values and mixed messages—messages that suggest that right and wrong are really a personal opinion instead of a biblical mandate.

We wrestle with any number of questions about what decisions are right or godly in our lives. As we face these questions we need to realize that the biblical option, or godly wisdom, is not always the popular choice now-a-days. But it is the right choice if we want to discover God’s will for our lives. So, when you face your next decision, ask yourself some of these questions if you want to follow God’s will.

Biblically, is there a right or wrong answer to this decision?

Look and see using your topical index, concordance or any other Bible tool. If we’re honest, we’ll be forced to admit that there is biblical wisdom about a whole lot more subjects than we’d sometimes like to admit.

Do I want to do what is biblically right in this situation?

This may seem like a silly question, but our own desires often stop us from doing what is right. When we are in the midst of a temper-snit, sometimes we just don’t want to be reminded that Christians are challenged to act differently. That’s the nature of sin in our lives!

What are the consequences of doing what is right or wrong in this situation?

Sometimes the consequence of doing God’s will  is that our best friends look at us as if we were crazy. Their best instincts say that revenge is the answer, and we should get even, given the opportunity—but God’s will is to live without the bitterness of heart that revenge causes.

Do I trust that God’s will is best—and the best for me personally—in any situation or circumstance?

We’re so used to depending on ourselves in any situation. Are we willing to trust that God has our best interests at heart in any situation, even when we don’t understand how that can be?