Just as children must know the will of their father in a home, and servants must know the will of their masters, the Spirit of God through the Word teaches us to be wise regarding His will. The Lord expects us to know and understand His will for our lives and for our choices in every circumstance.
Jesus is the Lord of our lives because it is He who died for our redemption, therefore, His will must hold final and supreme authority in our lives. We must live according to His Word alone because He is the only One before whom we’ll stand in judgment.
Here are three ways to understand the will of God:
Colossians 4:12 (NIV) says, “Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.”
Epaphras was a servant of God who understood the power of prayer to make a person stand firm in the will of God. When prayer becomes your habit, you will stand firm in the face of any temptation or adversity because it is God’s desire to make you matured and fully assured of His will.
2. Do His will.
John 7:17 says, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”
What does God expect of you as His child? He wants you to be meek, have faith in Him, walk in love, be generous, etc. This is because whatever He expects you to do is His will, which when you do, causes you to understand His word or doctrine even more perfectly.
3. Don’t conform to this world.
Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Conforming to this world is responding to life situations with worldly philosophies and ideas. For Christians however, our minds should be constantly renewed with God’s word so that we can determine what God’s will is in every situation we encounter.
Dear friend, to understand the will of God concerning your life, you must pray, do His will and determine not to conform to the ideas of this world.
Heavenly Father, I ask to be filled with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
1 Thessalonians 5:18