I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Sometimes in life we have to make big decisions. Decisions such as: Where should I go to college? What career should I choose? What house should I buy? Whom should I marry?
Nobody wants to make a bad decision, especially when it comes to a big decision that could have lasting effects on our life. It’s at times like these that many people ask, “What does God want me to do? What is God's will on this matter?”
These are good questions to ask. When I had to make some important decisions in my life, I agonized over these questions for months or even years because I didn’t want to mess up! I wanted to make the right choice. But how could I know which one to choose? What if I made bad choice?
If you have ever felt this way, you are not alone. Gideon struggled with knowing God’s will, even after God told him what to do. He famously tested God by putting out a fleece two times (Judges 6). Things turned out well for Gideon and, thanks to his example, many Christians still "put out fleeces" when they are trying discern God’s will on a particular matter. But many Christians have also learned from experience that “fleeces” are neither the best nor the most mature way to know God’s will.
The great preacher George Mueller also struggled with this issue, and over time he came up with several key points that he found to be helpful when seeking God's will. Years later, Morris Venden, an Adventist pastor and author of several books, decided to write a short book on this subject by using Mueller’s points as its basis. Venden himself had gone through his own trials and tribulations when seeking God's will, and his stories about it are actually quite humorous. He added one more point to Mueller’s list, which really helps to round it out. Below are eight ways, or even steps, to take when you are wanting to know God’s will.
Try these out the next time you are struggling with a big decision.
If you would like to know more about this subject, check out Morris Venden's book How to Know God's Will in Your Life.
Written by: Jared Nudd, Associate Pastor, South Bend First Seventh-day Adventist Church, South Bend, IN