How Can I Know God’s Will For My Life?

Have you ever stood at a crossroads wondering which path to take? Are you facing a big decision that could change the trajectory of your future? Is your life a puzzle that seems to be missing a piece? Do you wish God would just send you a text message, drop an email or post the answer on your Facebook page telling you exactly what to do?

God wants to speak to you! It may not show up on your phone, in your inbox or as a social media post that you can like. God wants to deliver it directly to you through the Holy Spirit. Here’s what He says: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:12-13

So, how do you hear from the Holy Spirit? I’m glad you asked! Sometimes we make it complicated by it’s actually pretty straightforward:

1. Ask
“…ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:10-13)

My dad has always refused to ask for directions. As I child, I remember times of driving around in the car aimlessly while he would pridefully say, “I’m not lost, just confused”. There is no need to be confused. God wants to speak to you. Just ask. The promise is that if we ask, God will answer.

2. Listen
“…the sheep hear his voice and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” John 10:3-4

In first century culture, shepherds would herd their own sheep during the day but bring them into a communal fold with other sheep at night. At daybreak, the shepherd would stand in the entrance to the pen and call his sheep out by name. The sheep recognized his voice and followed him into the unknown.

God wants to speak to you. Ask. Listen. Be so familiar with His voice you hear which path to take, which decision to make and where the missing piece to the puzzle is.

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