by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday January 25, 2006
Discovering God’s Will
God’s plan ensures that every believer reaches his or her maximum potential. He desires that His children live a certain way and make right decisions, so He accepts full responsibility for guiding them. In fact, He promises, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalms 32:8). However, our lifetime is not mapped out in a primer that we read the day we are saved. Discovering God’s will is a daily process of trust.
We learn God’s will by reading His Word. Scripture provides a comprehensive guide for any situation. There we find rules and commands that will lead to our success, as well as principles for daily application. The Bible doesn’t detail every possible situation we might face, but its principles equip us to make decisions with regard to any and every circumstance we encounter. Studying God’s Word is the only way for a believer to recognize His will.
We discover God’s will through circumstances. The Lord is actively guiding every incident of our lives in order to stitch the incongruent “threads” together for our good (Romans 8:28). For example, when I was young, I had no money for seminary, even though I’d felt God’s call to preach. As I discussed the situation one evening with a friend named Julian, my pastor walked by. Julian called him over and then asked if he could help. The pastor told me to come see him. I did, and out of that meeting came a four-year scholarship.
Believers must be alert for the moment God reveals His will. Pray every day that He will make you sensitive to His ways.