How Do I Know If I Am Doing God’s Will?!
Have you ever wondered, when making a difficult decision, if you are indeed doing God’s will? Have you ever wondered if your life’s purpose or focus in in line with what God wants for you?
I think these are questions we all struggle with on some level. As the world continues to become more complex and diverse each day, to wonder “What is the will of God for my life?” or “What is the will of Go for the world?” are logical questions to ask. They do not show a lack of faith, but rather a searching to do what brings life and purpose.
This Lent, Emmanuel is doing a series on discerning the will of God. Through worship, bible study and other means we are looking at ways in which to grow in our discernment of God’s will. The more I get into all this, the more I am reminded how much goes into discerning the will of God. Most of us want simple, straight-forward answers and even though we may get those at times, discerning the will of God is usually much more entailed than that. God works in so many ways – through friends and family, through strangers we meet, through the Scriptures and bible discussions, in the quiet of the day and devotion, through a movie or good book, through life experiences and so many other means – that it is difficult to narrow down discerning God’s will into a few bullet points or simple practices. One comes to realize that discerning God’s will is a lifetime process of learning and growing.
Maybe the most important thing to remember is that God’s will is a lot more diverse and involved than we may ever understand. To narrow God’s will down to one or two things is to unfortunately put God into a very small box that only works for a few. I know that I see faith and life much differently than others, yet we are still able to find ways to come together and work together for God’s kingdom. Maybe God’s will is not something to be figured out and accomplished, but s a life-long process of learning and growth. If we feel as though we have arrived or figured it all out, we cease to grow and continue to open ourselves up to a living God that is continually bringing new life and transformation in life. Sometimes we learn the most from not getting it right, from making mistakes. When we seek to narrow down God’s will to simple answers, we miss out on so much of what God may be up to in our lives and in the world.
Discerning God’s will is an on-going, life-long process. It is about being in relationship with God and others, and that is dynamic and ever-evolving. As we open ourselves to God in prayer, quiet, study, worship and being in community with others, we learn how to recognize and discern the activity of God and how God uses us to accomplish God’s purposes.
God’s continued blessings to you as you seek to do God’s will in your life!
Pastor Scott Sessler
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