How Do You Know God’s Will?

September 24, 2019 by Dr. Jack Graham

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

–Hebrews 11:6

More often than not, I think we all have tendency to make things in life more complicated than they really are. And this includes knowing God’s will.

Because knowing God’s will isn’t a formula you have to figure out… nor is it a mystery that He’s trying to keep you from solving. Knowing God’s will in your life stems from your relationship with Him, your obedience to Him, your willingness to follow Him, and your faith to trust Him.

Today, let’s break each of those down one by one.

First of all, think about the relationship principle. When you’re connected to Jesus Christ… when His Spirit is living in you… you discover His will for your life as you walk with Him each day. 

You see the path He has for you when you take the time to read the Scriptures… when you speak with Him regularly through prayer… and when you intentionally listen for the still, small voice that says, “This is the way, walk in it.” Because when Christ rules your life, He will lead you!

Then, think about the obedience principle. Many people aren’t happy to hear it, but God won’t take you one step further than the measure of your obedience to Him. For some of us that means getting back in the center of God’s will as we know it, and then letting God lead us the rest of the way!

Third, there’s the willingness principle. So much of knowing and doing the will of God is just being willing to say, “Lord, I’m available. Lord, I’m accessible. Lord, I am willing.”Now, you may say, “Well, I’m not there yet.” But are you willing to be willing?

Last, there’s the faith principle. I’ve discovered in my own life the will of God requires faith.  As today’s verse says, “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” And Christian, God will do amazing things in your life if you are willing to act in faith and trust in Him!


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