Many of us often find ourselves struggling for confirmation that we are in fact in God’s will. It sometimes seems as though God’s will is nebulous. The certainty and peace of knowing for sure is missing, leaving us feeling insecure and fearful. Most of us don’t want to be outside of His will on purpose. So how can we know?
I love a story that circulated the internet for awhile because it accurately describes how it feels. The story is about a man who had been told by God to push a huge rock. It was so large, it was physically impossible to move it. Yet, the man kept trying and trying. He never gave up, until one day he began to doubt. He questioned his purpose for it was obvious he could not move the rock. God came to him and explained His intent. You see the man thought God meant him to move the rock, but God only required that he push it, and push he did. The rock never moved, but he was faithful to try to push the rock anyway, confident he was in God’s will..
When things don’t follow our set plans we are quick to assume we must be doing something wrong. We formulate our own understanding, completely ignoring the possibilities God has in mind, just like the man pushing the rock in the story.
There was a time not too long ago when I thought I was outside His will. I spent much time in prayer struggling to find the answer. Then it came to me unexpectedly in a sudden moment of understanding as I was reading in Proverbs 16. Three verses reminded me of God’s faithfulness to respond to my seeking heart.
Consider these verses:
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” Proverbs 16:1(KJV)
“Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directed his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
These three verses held the answer I sought.
How do we prepare our heart in accordance with Proverbs 16:1?
Prayer is a vital element in determining God’s will. The Holy Spirit reveals our heart to us, whether it is aligned with God’s will or our own. It is up to us to confess and forsake known sin. Then we can understand the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He enables us to develop the proper mindset; that of being submissive to God’s will rather than our own.
The work of the Holy Spirit…
Believers, we have the Holy Spirit living in our heart (Romans 8:9). Jesus promised us the Comforter and He did not let us down. When we struggle to find God’s will, sometimes we need assurance that He’s listening. The Holy Spirit assures us of God’s love and care and concern. He makes intercession for us! When we don’t know what to pray, He prays. Consider these verses about the work of the Holy Spirit in aiding us in finding God’s will.
*The Holy Spirit “beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Romans 8:16
*The Holy Spirit “maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
Solidifying our intent, Proverbs 16:3…
With our heart fully prepared to do His will, our minds will be purposed. Prayer empowers us to suppress the will of our flesh, so we can yield to God’s. We position ourselves to hear God’s direction with the intent to obey. Our thoughts will then be turned toward discovering His will. The Holy Spirit will direct our thoughts in the righteous direction.
Taking action, Proverbs 16:9…
By faith, we accept the leadership of the Holy Spirit as we make our plans. We check frequently in prayer, seeking guidance and confirmation from our Lord as we move forward, trusting Him to check us when we stray.
Our Lord is faithful to reveal His will if we will seek Him with the desire to obey. As we study His word, seek His will in prayer, and commit ourselves to obedience, His will becomes known to us.