Barriers To Knowing God’s Will

“Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (Ephesians 5:17 NLT)

Every day I talk to people who say, “If there is a God and he allowed me to be born and I’m still alive, what is his plan for me? Why am I here, and what am I supposed to be doing? How do I find out God’s will for me so I don’t waste my life?”

The Bible says this: “So be careful how you live. Don't live like ignorant people, but like wise people. Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. Don’t be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do” (Ephesians 5:15–17 TEV).

It’s wise to figure out why I was put on Earth. It’s foolish to go through life without a clue. Fortunately, God doesn’t play games with us. He wants us to understand his will for our lives. When we look toward the wrong things, we create barriers to discovering God’s will. For instance:

  • God’s will is not about a feeling. God’s plan for your life is not discovered through some emotional sensation. His plan for your life is practical, not mystical.
  • God’s will is not about a formula. God’s will is not some step-by-step procedure that you rigidly follow through life. Life just isn’t that simple! You need more than a formula.

Here’s the key: God’s will for your life begins with a friendship. God is far more interested in having you establish a relationship with him than he is interested in having you follow a set of rules. 

First and foremost, God wants you to get to know him, like he already knows you. Once this relationship is established, everything else — career, family, goals, recreation, ambitions, finances, health, and friendships — will begin to fall into their proper place.

Talk About It -

  • Why do you think God’s will is not about a feeling?
  • Why do you think God’s will is not about a formula?

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


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