by Dr. Charles Stanley
Barriers to Knowing God’s Will
God is always pleased to reveal His will to us. But at times, we cannot receive the message. Something in our life is creating a barrier to hearing Him.
Obstacles to the believer include: Self-will. Sometimes, we decide what we’re going to do without God’s input. We still talk to Him about our plan, even thinking it is so logical that the Lord must agree. But we have stopped listening for His will.
A second obstacle to Christians is: Influence. It’s wise to seek godly counsel. But believers must be careful whom they allow to influence them. Many people will say what someone else wants to hear rather than what is actually needed.
A third barrier is: Sin. There are two ways it hinders our ability to know God’s will. First, our spirit is clouded so we cannot determine His mind. Second, the Father may not reveal the next step in His plan because He’s waiting for us to repent and become willing to obey.
A fourth obstacle for believers is: Distraction. One of the most subtle obstructions to knowing God’s will is busyness. Our hands and our minds are so full we don’t have the patience to wait and listen. The Lord does not chase after us, trying to force us to hear Him. Psalm 46:10—”Be still, and know that I am God” —is His simple solution for clearing the clutter of overbooked lives.
The next time you seem unable to determine the Lord’s will, try slowing down so that you can focus on Him. Then, consider whether you might have allowed one of these barriers to be constructed between you and God. Ask, and He will gladly help you to dismantle it.
God’s ways are always perfect, and following them leads to fulfillment and success. One of life’s undeniable truths is that your choices will ultimately determine your future. While you can decide for yourself what career field to enter or who to marry, nothing compares with seeking God first and relying on the wonderful principles of His Word. In this series, Dr. Stanley teaches that as you serve God and seek His ways, you’ll be blessed with peace, wisdom, and guidance for the journey ahead. Order here now!