What is God’s Will for My Life and How Can I Know It?
But [Jesus] said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?”
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.
John 4:32–34 (NASB)
As followers of Christ, we have a passion to know and obey the will of God (cf. Eph. 5:10). In a limited and imperfect way, we can echo the words of Jesus, that our “food is to do the will of [God] and to accomplish” the work that He has given us to do. As those who have been born again, we have a new ambition to live for God and to please Him (2 Cor. 5:9, 15).
However, we all face situations where we are not sure what God’s will for us is. Sometimes in the unexpected twists and turns of life, we find ourselves facing perplexing dilemmas and we long to know what God’s will is. And sometimes it can even seem that God’s will is hidden and elusive.
As those who are seeking to live for Christ and His kingdom, it is critical for us to have a biblical understanding of how we can know God’s will for our lives. And God has been faithful to give us clear and sufficient instruction on this essential part of our Christian lives.
Beginning this Sunday, January 12, we will be starting a 7-week class, Guidance: Finding and Knowing the Will of God. For this class, we will be utilizing the curriculum produced by Capitol Hill Baptist Church. And we would also recommend that you consider purchasing the BBC book of the month, Just Do Something, as a helpful supplement to the class.
Here is the course outline that we will be covering over the course of this class:
1. Anxious or Restful?
2. God’s Providence
3. God’s Will
5. Tools of the Trade Part 1: God’s Word, Prayer, Counsel
6. Tools of the Trade Part 2: Circumstances and Feelings
7. Q&A Panel Discussion
We are looking forward to this class and we join with Paul in praying this for all of us…
“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”
In Christ alone,