Journaling my thoughts to the Lord usually brought a sense of peace. But this day, peace eluded me. “Lord, I’ve prayed for wisdom, and I still have none. What do you want me to do? No option feels right.”
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Three Questions to Help You Discern God’s Will
What has God already said?
Jesus will never violate the instructions He’s revealed in His word. The first check point in seeking God’s will is to learn what He’s already said about your concern.
For example, let’s say you’re wondering whether you should form a business partnership with someone who’s business success you admire. However, some offhanded comments concern you. He separates Christ from business dealings and doesn’t share your moral values. Consider these verses.
- “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? (2 Cor. 6:14 NLT).
- “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” (1 Cor. 15:33NIV).
- “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matt. 6:24 NASB 1995).
Does my thinking reflect God’s character?
The Pharisees claimed to follow God’s word in their misinterpretation of the law. Yet Jesus said, “If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent” (see Matthew 12:1-8)
Clearly, these religious scholars had turned the perfect law of liberty into a shackle that kept people from God.
Satan misused Scripture when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Today, he twists scripture to slander, tempt, accuse, and condemn. Psalm 119:160 reminds us that the sum of God’s word is truth. A snippet of scripture can be misused as a club, a noose, or a loophole. When a verse meant to infuse courage becomes an accusation, it’s certainly not our Shepherd speaking.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 NASB 1995).
Even God’s correction leads to repentance and life, while worldly condemnation leads to feeling hopeless, paralyzed, and distant from God (2 Cor. 7:10). Direction that doesn’t reflect God’s love, justice, goodness, and holiness doesn’t reflect Him.
Where are my deepest desires leaning?
As I walk with God, He creates a desire in me to please and follow Him (Phil. 2:13; Ps. 37:4). That is why Thomas was willing to go to Jerusalem with Jesus even when he thought it would end in death. He wanted to be with Jesus more than he valued safety and security.
That doesn’t mean we won’t experience fear and dread. Living in a fallen world includes battling deceitful desires. But God creates a desire in the heart of His child for His will. Ask God to create in you a desire for His good will.
If your current options pass the first two questions but you still have no peace, it may not be the right time. Perhaps, the best option is yet to be revealed.
That morning on the porch, God’s Spirit answered my query with a gentle whisper. “Be still and know that I am God.” God wanted me to wait. Not the answer I was seeking—but one that brought me peace. I waited for over a year before an unexpected option opened. Today, I’m thankful I waited on God’s leading.
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name” (Ps. 23:3 NLT).