Have you ever struggled with knowing God’s will? I have. A few days ago Rhonda and I were talking about this God’s will. As we talked Jesus’ words popped into my mind, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me” (John 10:27). Both of us agreed that it’s not easy to hear God’s voice. I don’t know about you, but there have been many times when I begged for a word from God. Anything. A whisper. A sigh. One word. Nothing. Nothing but silence. That’s all I heard. And for someone who is a Christ-follower that is not a great feeling!

I believe many of us have the same struggle. We want to hear God’s voice so we can know his will. Books and sermons on this topic are popular. A few years we studied a book called “Experiencing God.” It is sub-titled “knowing and doing the will of God.” The author summed it up in seven steps:

  1. God is always at work around you.
  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.
  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.

We struggle with knowing God’s will because we often start with the wrong question. Blackaby argues that if you ask the wrong question you will get the wrong answer. Most of us start by asking, “What is God’s will for my life?” Bad question. It is “me” or “I” focused rather than God-focused. We should be asking “What is God’s will?” and then make whatever adjustments we need to make in our life to what God is doing.

If you struggle with God’s will, start here: God, where are you working around me and how do you want me to get involved?”