Knowing God’s Will

“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you” Ex 33:13

Knowing the will of God, both the big picture and the daily details, concerns every Christian. We all need to ask often, “What is it God wants me to do? How is it he wants me to live?” St. Ignatius of Loyola saw the doing of God’s will as not only our command in life, but also our reward:

“Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest: to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do thy will.”

It is as we know we are doing God’s will that we find true meaning in life and a deep sense of accomplishment and purpose. How can we know that we are doing God’s will? One of the simplest approaches is this: 

First, commit yourself to the Lord each day, and periodically throughout the day, by simply saying, “Lord, I put my life in your hands. Do with me what you will.”

Second, trust the Lord to send you the work and the relationships you need for His purpose in your life to be accomplished. 

As Roberta Hromas, a noted Bible teacher, once said: “Simply answer your door, answer your phone, and answer your mail. The Lord will put in your path the opportunities that He desires for you to pursue.”

God’s will is not a mystery you try desperately to unlock. He does not desire His will to be a secret, because the Bible is filled with scriptures about knowing His will. The key is to see His will, to listen to the Holy Spirit and read and study His word. Then you can know what He has planned for you. 

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