by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday January 30, 2006
Assurance of God’s Will
God does not “play games” with His children by veiling His will in mystery. Believers can be sure of His leading in any situation. When we need confirmation, the following questions will help clarify:
Is this decision consistent with God’s Word? If we want to know His will, God’s Word will indicate the best move. The passage may not mention our exact situation, but the principle will speak to our situation.
Is this a wise decision? A choice may seem reasonable and even be pleasing emotionally, but the decision will stand long after present feelings have faded. We must consider consequences and long-term effects.
Can I ask God to enable me? Contrary to popular opinion, believers can’t ask the Lord for anything they want. A man in need of money, for example, cannot seek divine blessing on a shady deal. God promises to provide, but anything gained outside His plan will turn to ashes.
Do I have genuine peace? We can talk and talk at God, but we cannot force peace. Regardless of the way we think or feel about a matter, God will not give us a tranquil heart before the time is right. Genuine peace includes His confirmation, a calm heart, and the affirmation of our conscience.
The goal of evaluating a situation by means of these questions is not to get to “yes!” but to honestly seek God’s will. Prayerfully consider each query until you can say, “I know this is the Lord’s plan for me.”