How to know God's will

We are not talking about daily behaviour, or the problems of the daily lives that we live at the moment.

We are talking about the question of GUIDANCE.

    • Even a Christian living a godly daily-life faces such problems as :-
      • should I change my job?
      • does the Lord want me to be a missionary?
      • should I marry him/her?
      • where should I live?

We can expect God to guide us, He has a plan for us.

    • He planned to bring the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan, so guided them on the journey. Exodus 13:21-22.
    • He planned to bring them from Babylon to their homeland, so guided them again - see Ezra and Nehemiah.
    • He planned before the foundation of the world, to bring us safely to heaven. 2 Thess 2:13-17.
    • It is not possible that we should go without guidance on our journey

The Bible contains many examples of definite guidance.

    • Philip was sent to the Ethiopian eunuch - Acts 8:26
    • Peter was told to accept Cornelius' invitation - Acts 10:19-20
    • Paul & Barnabas wcre sent out as missionaries - Acts 13:2, 16:6-10
    • Paul was told to stay in Corinth - Acts 18:9
    • God is no respecter of persons
    • It is not possible that we should go without guidance.

God promises to guide us.

    • Psalm 25:9-12, 32:8. Isaiah 58:11, Romans 12:1-2.

Other Bible truths lead us to expect guidance.

    • We are God's children. Matthew 7:11
    • We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit - 1 John 2:20, 27, Acts 15:28.
    • God seeks to glorify Himself in our lives - Psalm 23:3
    • YES - guidance is a reality.
    • it is intended for and promised to, every Christian.

There is a wrong way and a right way to seek this guidance.

The wrong way

      • to think that because no Bible text can settle a matter, God will guide us through our feelings.
      • this often leads people to claim God's guidance for actions which the Word of God actually forbids.

The right way

      • Live a godly life of the sort previous talks have dealt with.
      • Prayerfully think ! God expects us to use our mind. 2 Tim 1:7
      • We can receive heavenly wisdom as we pray. James 1:5-7.
      • Think ahead - where will this road lead to? Deut 32:29
      • Take advice ! Proverbs 12:15. But test this advice 1 Thess 5:21.
      • Suspect yourself. WHY do you 'feel' a certain course of action is right?
      • Make Psalm 139:23-24 a constant prayer
      • Be willing to wait. "Wait on the Lord".

    We walk by faith, not sight. God only usually reveals one step at a time.

Some other things we should know.

    • Only those who are willing to be guided ORDINARILY can expect to be guided EXTRAORDINARILY.
    • God is not a jester. Those who really want to DO His will always come to KNOW what it is, John 7:17.
    • God is merciful. When we miss the way, He even brings good out of that) to those who love Him. Romans 8:28.

"This God is our God for ever and ever, He will be our guide even unto death". Psalm 48:14.