Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Eph 5:7
Paul takes the opportunity in his letter to the Ephesians to make it know that God’s will shouldn’t be a mystery. In fact, he goes so far to say that not understanding God’s will is a result of a lack of wisdom. And we have no excuse to lack wisdom, because all the wisdom we need is a just a prayer of faith away:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
But so often we hear of people speak of God’s will with uncertainty. Why? Because many people have been misled into believing that God’s will is beyond knowing; that His will is some mystery that we may never understand until we go home to glory. Not so! God wants us to know His will so we can carry it out!
Remember when Jesus was in the garden praying to the Father before His eminent death on the cross? He prayed saying, “Lord, not my will, but thine be done.” After which He went to His death. A subtle truth in this passage shows us that Jesus KNEW the will of Father when He prayed that prayer. The purpose of Jesus’ prayer was to align Himself with God’s will. We should also know what God’s will is and align ourselves to it!
Finding out God’s will is quite simple: What does He say about the matter? Whatever circumstance I encounter in life, I am always sure to ascertain God’s will on the matter. Most of the time I don’t even have to think for very long, I already know what His will is. I have a great book that fills me in on what His will is. For example, I don’t ever wonder if it is God’s will or not for me to cheat on my wife. I don’t ever wonder if it is His will for me to go to church or not. The bible says to not forsake the assembling of yourselves together (Heb 10:25); The bible says that fornicators and adulterers God will judge (Heb 13:4). I’ve easily figured out God’s will for my life in those areas. In fact, there isn’t an area in life that God’s Word doesn’t cover! It’s all there!
Do you need to know what God’s will is? Go to the bible and find out!
The bible even tells us what to do in those occasions when God’s word doesn’t give us the specific details of His will. For example, the Bible says to “Go in to all the world.” That’s good, but what if God wants me to go here and you to go there. How do we know? The answer is in John 16:
when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. Jn 16:13
God has sent us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and to tell us things to come. That means that we can expect God to direct us by the Holy Spirit. If we meet with Him in prayer, and wait on Him, He will guide us. He will speak to our hearts and lead us in the way that we should go. But remember, the Spirit and Word always agree!