So what can we know from the Word of God about the will of God for our life? Much. Let’s look at six passages of Scripture tonight to see such things. Two today, and four more Friday.
a) Proverbs 3:5-6, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.’ This is a truth to lean into in life. If we acknowledge God in all our doings in life, God will straighten or direct our paths. To acknowledge God in all our ways doesn’t mean to simply make God aware of all we do in life, as if God would grant His blessing onto any activity we do (whether wicker or righteous) simply because we asked Him to. Rather, to acknowledge God in all our ways means to do all of life before Him, in submission to Him, to live for His glory, to live life in the way He commands us to live. When this verse is seen in this light, Proverbs 3:7-8 are as instructive as 3:5-6 and show us explicitly how we ought to live and put these things into practice. v7-8 say, ‘Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord, turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment (medicine) to your bones.’ So how do we acknowledge God in all our ways? We fear God, learn humility, and turn away from evil. If we do that it will be healing and refreshment to our bones.
Life lived in this way will be lived according to the will of God because it is life lived according to the Word of God.
b) 1 Thessalonians 4:3, ‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification…’ Can God be any clearer than He is here? All of those who want to know the will of God, for whatever reason, must embrace what is said here in this one verse. In it we learn that regardless who we are, regardless where we are, regardless what we’re into, or regardless where we want to be one day in life God intends us to be a holy and sanctified people. This could settle the issue of God’s will for your life by asking a simple question: ‘Is this thing I want to do a holy thing?’ Or ‘Is this job I could take going to help me be more holy?’ Or ‘Is this person I have feelings for a holy person?’ If the answer is no, you can immediately know that you should not to head in that direction. If the answer is yes, you’ve got a big question answered and lots more to now ask.
Bottom line – God’s will is for us to be holy, so everything in our lives that would prohibit or hinder our growth in holiness should be cut out and everything in our lives that would promote or encourage holiness should be left in it or added to it.