The First Step in Finding God's Will

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law”  (Deuteronomy 29:29).

The will of God contains two key components:

  • What God knows.

  • What He wants us to know.

What God knows
The verse above begins, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God.” In theology, we call this God’s providence, or how God runs the universe. Some of this we can observe with our eyes, but we can’t get the full picture. Only God knows what He’s doing. For example, we can know some things once they have occurred, but do not know things in advance. God does not choose to disclose everything to His children. But He has given us much to know/learn.

What we can know
The verse continues, “but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” This is the first step in knowing God’s will for our life: Learning what He has revealed in His Word. If we read it daily, we will get a head start on knowing His will for our life. But some might object: “How can I learn from the Bible whether or not to accept a job offer?” Let’s examine that.

The Bible does not mention the factory supervisor’s position that just opened up, but it can help clarify things. For example, the Bible mentions gifts and abilities God gave to the church (1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Romans 12:3-7). This helps us weigh whether or not we’re suitable for a task, by exploring whether our gifts and abilities are suitable for this position.

The Bible mentions the importance of the family. What effect will this position have on my family? Will this position require me to compromise my commitment to Christ? We can only determine that by reading God’s Word.

The first step we can take to learn God’s will is to learn those things God has revealed in His Word, the Bible. The Bible will open our eyes, empower our perception, and help us make outstanding decisions.

We cannot know the things God has hidden from our eyes, but we can, and must, learn those things He wants us to know in the Bible.

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