Vonette Bright

How do I know God’s will?”  You may have asked that very question.  Here are a few guidelines for helping you to determine God’s will.


First, God’s will for your life will never run contrary to His Word.  For instance, the Bible says you shouldn’t lie.  So, if you find yourself with a job opportunity where you are asked to lie, that job isn’t God’s will.  He’ll never require you to do something that is in direct conflict with what is spelled out in Scripture.


Second, pray for God to show you His will.  Be specific.  God answers prayer, but first we must ask Him.  Then, listen for His response—perhaps not in an audible voice, but in the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit.


Third, let me encourage you to not sit idly by waiting for the clouds to roll back and God’s voice to speak to you directly.  An old saying goes, “It’s easier to steer a moving vehicle.”  Take practical, logical steps to determine God’s will:  talk with friend; ask questions of those who know you; look for input from those who have been in a similar situation.


Then lastly, when seeking God’s will, remember that His plan for you is not confusing, but crystal clear.  Let me assure you, if the answer is not obvious, then you may be headed in the wrong direction.


The apostle Paul encourages us through his letter to the Corinthian church, “God is not a God of disorder, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).


If God hasn’t given you peace or your decision is not absolutely clear, then wait!


Dear friend, God will always be faithful to show you His will.  But it’s important to remember:  His timing is perfect.  Although we may be thinking we need to know right now, His purpose might be fulfilled only after a delay.  Trust Him!


“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”  Psalm 143:10


By Vonette Bright


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