“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –
His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2, NIV

In the Old Testament Book of Habakkuk, the prophet was complaining to God about his situation. He was tired of not knowing God’s will for His people. Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it…” (Habakkuk 2:2)

It would be great if God would write His will for our lives on a tablet and present it to us. Unfortunately, it is not that way. He does want everyone to know His will for us, and He has a wonderful plan for your life, as Jeremiah 29:11-13 tells us. He wants us to seek Him and when we do, He will reveal His will.

Many people are panicked and paralyzed because they do not know God’s will. Sometimes we step out in faith to find His will. Certain things do not require faith.

I like what Pastor Donald Greg Barnhouse said about God’s will “…Ninety five percent of knowing the will of God consists of being willing to do it before you know what it is.” So many want to set goals for five or ten years, even for life, before first finding and doing God’s will today. There are some very clear guidelines in scripture on God’s will for our lives. Let us start here:

• Give thanks in all things – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
• Seek the counsel of others – Proverbs 11:14
• Glorify God in our bodies – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
• Do good – 1Peter 2:15
• Accept Christ and have eternal life – John 6:40

I believe if we start with these clear instructions by God, He will direct our paths in the areas we cannot see. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

QUESTION: Do you want God’s will for your life? Are you following the basic principles of His will as in the above? Which area do you need to work on?