What is God’s will for our life? Does God have a specific ‘ideal’ plan or will for our lives? Hmmm…
Recently I was prompted to open a book of mine called “Decision Making and the Will of God” by Garry Friesen. A section of it reads as follows (start of chapter 8):
“The expression will of God is used in the Bible in two ways. God’s sovereign will is His secret plan that determines everything that happens in the universe. God’s moral will consists of the revealed commands in the Bible that teach how people ought to believe and live. To these biblical usuages (moral and sovereign wills), the traditional view added a third. It is commonly taught that for each person, God has an individual will – an ideal, detailed life plan for each person. In this traditional view, the key to decision making is to discover God’s individual will, and then do it. Accordingly, the burden of more books on guidance is to explain how to discern God’s specific leading in each situation.
By contrast, the emphasis of Scripture is on God’s moral will. In fact, the Bible reveals nothing of an ‘individual will’ governing each decision. Rather, the teaching of Scripture may be summarised by these basic principles:
1) Where God commands, we must obey.
2) Where there is no command, God gives us freedom (and responsibility) to choose.
3) Where there is no command, God gives us wisdom to choose.
4) When we have chosen what is moral and wise, we must trust the sovereign God to work all the details together for good.”
This is a great question to ponder on, as I’m sure all sincere Christians care about what they are doing is in accordance with God’s will. However it’s easy to ponder on this too much, over complicating situations and stifling our reception and leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
So how are we to approach the life-defining question of what is God’s will for us? Does God have a specific will for each person? How do we know what God wants us to do? How do we know we are doing what God wants us to do????