Discerning God’s will for your life can be stressful. Big things or small things, it can be so easy to overthink. To agonize so much about making the wrong decision that we become paralyzed – too afraid to act on anything that God didn’t reveal to us in a vision or intense prayerful revelation.
But what if it didn’t have to be that complicated?
What if God isn’t hiding His will from me, like something I can only discover if I am worthy of it? What if He actually wants me to know it?
Of course, I’m sure most of us would agree that this is true on an intellectual level, and yet how often do we act as though we think He’s hiding His will from us?
But what if He isn’t? What if His will has already been written into my life, and into my heart?
What am I good at? What do I love doing? Where do my gifts lie? What brings me to life and brings me joy? What does my conscience tell me about what I’m considering? In what ways do I feel God has been calling me to grow lately? What do I even actually want?
God can use all of these questions to tell me things about what He wants for me. All of these things – my skills, desires, and joys – tell me something about myself and how I relate to Him. They may not necessarily give me the answers, but they are important signposts along the way.
Of course, sometimes discernment isn’t as simple as just doing what I want, but really, honestly, sometimes it is. Sometimes, God really does just want me to make a decision. And, in the end, it all comes down to trust. Trusting that my Father who loves me will make His will known to me, and trusting that He’ll bless whatever it is that I do decide to do.
-written by Graeme Vanden Dungen, staff member