Each day of your life, you are presented with the opportunity to choose to do or not to do. Many of these choices are minor, but there are times when major decisions must be made. Some of your choices can be as simple as:
- What clothes will I wear?
- What should I eat for breakfast?
- Which brand of toothpaste should I use?
Major decisions can be more taxing and involve questions like:
- Should I be cremated or have a traditional funeral?
- Should my money be invested in an IRA or a ROTH?
- Should I use a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon for back surgery?
On occasion, people will call me when they are facing a perplexing situation that requires a major decision. They will consult with me and ask for my opinion concerning where they should work, live, or who they should marry. Their question is often: How do I know the will of God?
Discovering the will of God is more of a mystery than what it needs to be. Let me suggest five questions to help guide you.
- Is the action you are considering consistent with the principles of the Bible? God will never lead you to do something that is contrary to Scripture. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- Have you prayed and asked for guidance? For I know the plans I have for you; plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
- Have you discussed your situation with your friends? A nation will fall when there is no direction, but with many advisers there is victory (Proverbs 11:14).
- What will the results of your decision look like? If your mother reads about it on the front page of the newspaper, will she be proud of your actions or will she be embarrassed?
- Are you depressed, angry, or stressed out? If so, you need to clear your mind and calm your emotions before you try to make a wise decision.
I encourage you take some time to reflect on Psalm 37, and how it relates to your situation.
Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him