If we want to know God’s will for our lives, we must keep in mind that His will is expressed in His Word. If what we want to do contradicts God’s Word, either directly or in principle, then we can be sure it’s not His will for us. For example, fornication is denounced over 30 times in the Bible. Even thinking about it is clearly prohibited: “Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt. 5:28 NKJV). No matter how convinced people may be of the rightness of sex outside of marriage, they are wrong, the Bible is right and it is definitely against God’s will. God has put some principles in His Word that should govern our activities. For instance, since it says, “I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil” (Rom. 16:19), we can be sure it’s never God’s will for us to fill our minds with music, TV, books, movies or websites that promote demonic activity, brutality, pornography or other sinful behaviors. If we look to the Bible for guidance and obey it, we will be blessed, because it says that His Word is “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105).
As we walk through life, if we go only where that light leads us and do only those things that are lit up by it, we’ll be in His will, because His will and His Word never disagree. Solomon, in all his wisdom, gave us this direction regarding God’s will: “Lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6).
We can be sure of one thing: If we want to know God’s will, we’ll find it in His Word. This month’s Feature articles make this very clear.
By Larry Ondrejack
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org