Seeking God's Will
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
Acts 22:10a “What shall I do Lord?”
Reading this verse struck a chord with me this week. I’m at a point in my life where I find myself asking, “Lord, what is it that you want me to do because I’m at a loss right now.”
You might have gone through or are going through something similar. When you’re at a loss for the next step in your life, you’ve come to the end of the road, or you’re facing a crossroads where you don’t know which way to turn, it becomes difficult to discern the will of God in those moments. It’s tough for a variety of reasons. You may say: Does God know what He’s doing? Can I trust Him with this? This doesn’t make any sense to me!
Even though I am still in the process of seeking His will, I’d love to share the method I’m using to do so.
Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
When faced with a situation or season of life where you feel at a loss, I firmly believe that prayer should be the first action item. Running to the wide-open arms of the Father allows you to rest in His presence before anything else and align your heart with His to put priorities into perspective.
2. Search the Scriptures
2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."
If you believe the above verse to be true, then searching the Scripture is a natural next step when seeking the will of the Father. God’s Word is a powerful source of life for you and me. It addresses a variety of situations, people, and experiences that we can relate to and see a Biblical response for. I highly encourage you to dig into God’s Word expecting Him to speak to you and comfort you through it.
3. Seek wise counsel
Proverbs 12:15 "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice."
When you are seeking the will of the Father, give the opportunity for trusted people to speak into your life. They could be hearing things from the Lord or even see things in you that you might not have seen in yourself. Ask these people to their counsel and then actually listen to their feedback. In my experience, more often then not, the Lord speaks to me using other people.
4. Look for the open and closed doors
Revelation 3:8 "I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name."
This point hits home for me. There is nothing more painful in the moment than a closed door. When this happens I remind myself of those catchy sayings: “Rejection is God’s protection” and “Closed doors are a blessing.” You must trust and remind yourself that this is happening for a reason - and this leads well into our last point.
5. Trust that God’s got you
Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding."
God is so for you. If you are wholeheartedly seeking after His will, you can be assured that He won’t leave you high and dry. He has plans for your life and He is leading you, step by step, along this path. Friend, please trust that God wants to use you, bless you, and guide you along this journey. Lean into Him.
These things are so hard to do in practice because we open ourselves up to the option of God’s will being different from ours. I know first hand that I want to know God’s whole plan from the beginning but when we seek God to just know the final product we mistake best that God has for us. He wants our trust and our obedience and these times are crucial for us to practice leaning into the Lord for His presence and now His revealed plan for your life. So I just want to encourage you today by saying don’t let figuring out His will or His plan for your life become an idol. Instead, faithfully follow Him, be committed to Christ, and He will slowly reveal the specifics.