Some Questions to Answer
We have all said that we want to follow the will of God. But does this mean you really want to follow the will of God? Or, are you really saying I’m going to do what I want and God will approve? These are tough questions. Do you really want to follow the will of God? Let’s explore how we can know the will of God in order to follow it.
Path of Least Resistance
You would think that the will of God will take you down the path of least resistance where no harm will come to you or your family. This is true and untrue. Look at the life of Paul. He was stoned, jailed and shipwrecked. He came into harm’s way many times by doing the will of God. We can rule out that the will of God will keep you out of harm’s way.
Paul wanted to go to Asia and preach but he was turned back by the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:6, 7). Paul didn’t try to push through. He took the path of least resistance. He allowed the Holy Spirit to lead him where he should be. When you run into problems, when you find resistance in a direction you are taking your life, then you may be going the wrong way. God will open and close doors in your life, you must be willing to look at all possibilities.
Filled with Joy
Another characteristic of doing God’s will is you will be filled with joy. You will love what you are doing and where you are going in life. This doesn’t mean it will all be easy. You will always be challenged no matter what you do in life. But, while you are being challenged, you are still filled with joy and happiness.
Make a Move
You can’t sit around saying you will wait for God to reveal something to you, you must make a move first. Paul and his company didn’t wait for God to tell them where to go, they went. While on their journey, God moved and told them where to go and where not to go. This means that you can’t sit around doing nothing; make a move. Do something, anything. Work with your church. Try out different jobs. Doors will be opened and doors will be closed.
Follow the Leader
Following God will result in many things. We know that you are not going to be safe from all harm, God will open and close doors for you, you will be filled with joy and satisfaction, and you must make the first move. Most importantly, however, you must stay connected with God in prayer. Don’t be afraid of getting out of your comfort zone. Use your strengths and let God fill in for your weaknesses. Just because you have a weakness in a certain area doesn’t mean that God still can’t use you.
If you want to know if you are genuinely following God’s will then you will rely on God in your weaknesses. God will make you strong where you are weak. Everybody has different weaknesses and different callings in life. It may take years to finally figure out what your calling is. Follow God blindly and let Him take you to the next step of your life.