Most of us have thought it before, “I just wish I knew God’s will.” Our underlying assumption is that God has a specific desire, and we have to discover it. If we just pray enough, beg enough, and search enough, we will discover the esoteric plan that God has devised.
Simply put, our assumption is wrong.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
God does have a specific desire for His children, but it is not a hidden plan for which we must search. He wants us to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances.”
For me, those three tasks are easier said than done. Although Joye is my middle name, I don’t rejoice when I face a difficult decision. Instead, I selfishly take matters into my own hands (rather than pray). I should sing thanks, but I murmur complaints to the Lord instead. And as I wrestle with the decision, I beg the Lord to show me His will.
In those moments, I deserve a slap. Open your eyes, Kat! You are simultaneously begging for God’s will and ignoring it!
Now, in hindsight, I wonder if prayer, rejoicing, and thanksgiving would help me with those decisions. You know, a moment to refocus before I take control and enter “problem-solving mode.”
My prayer is that as God sanctifies me, I will learn to do His will.