Published on September 15th, 2014 | by adam curran0
How Do I Find God’s Will For My Life?
The single greatest issue that I have wrestled with in my faith life underneath the theological issues of the Bible is “How do I know what God’s will is for my life?” I venture to guess that most people in their faith struggle with this issue just as much as some of the deeper theological issues of Scripture. While I do not have the exact answers, here are few thoughts on some criteria to arrive at the conclusion of what is God’s will for your life.
YOUR PURPOSE ON EARTH IS TO BRING GLORY TO HIM
In the Westminster Catechism, the reformed writers said that “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” While it seems very simple, this is the ultimate reason why God created you; He created you to bring glory to Him. All creation, even in its fallen state, brings glory to God. So, the first question we have to ask in determining what God wants us to do, where he wants us to go to college, whom we should marry, etc., is “Does this bring glory to God?” “Am doing this to glorify myself or bring glory to Him?” is a great question to ask when considering what His will is for you.
RENEW YOUR MIND
In Romans 12:2, Paul says, “Do not be conformed to the image of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” We are so easily swayed but what we think the world has for us and what culture says we should be and do that Paul says to not be conformed to it. Culture and this world are not our guide, so we should pursue Christ to transform our mind by constantly going to him in renewal. Once we have done that, Paul says to test things. As an example, I prayed long and hard in college about whether or not I should be a pilot for a career. After I did not receive a specific word, I decided to test it to see if I even like flying. I liked it, but as a career felt very lonely. I like to be around people so I knew that that career was not God’s will for me. I was able to discern that by testing it. I would encourage you to do the same.
EXAMINE HOW YOU ARE UNIQUELY WIRED
Read Psalm 139 and consider what it means that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” You were not created by accident; you were created by a loving God who has a unique purpose for you. He wired you that way. Your personality, physical capabilities, mental strengths were all given you for a reason. How can you use all those gifts to bring glory to Him? By testing different things all under the umbrella of bringing glory to God you will be able to see how you are uniquely wired by what God blesses your hand to do.
How do you go about discerning God’s will for your life?