We Can Know God’s Will

May 15, 2014 | Tags: ,

He made known to us the mystery of His will.

-Ephesians 1:9a

Did you know God wants you to know His will? And not only does He want you to know and to understand what His plans are, He delights to show you too! It gives Him great pleasure to reveal Himself to you in a way that is personal, meaningful, and demonstrates His awesome power. Isn’t that fantastic news?

First, let’s discuss this truth according to Scripture. In Ephesians 1:9, the apostle Paul declares, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that God made known to us the mystery of His will. In the context of this letter to the Ephesians, Paul is specifically talking about the mystery of God in which salvation was not just God’s plan for the nation of Israel (the Jews), but it was also His plan for all the nations of the world (the Gentiles). While this is something we may take for granted now, more than 2,000 years later, it was a big, big deal to the Gentiles during and after Jesus’ time. The Gentiles could also be saved!

This is just one of the many plans of God that He wanted to make known to those who put their faith and trust in His Son Jesus for salvation. Next, let’s look at this promise in other books of Scripture.

Amos 3:7 says, “Indeed, the Lord God does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets.”

Amos also writes in 4:13:

He is here:
the One who forms the mountains,
creates the wind,
and reveals His thoughts to man,
the One who makes the dawn out of darkness
and strides on the heights of the earth.
Yahweh, the God of Hosts, is His name.

We’ve established this truth–God wants to reveal His plans to you. That’s wonderful, you say. So how do I understand His plans?

You begin in prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God about what’s on your mind and in your heart. For example, maybe you have a decision to make, and you don’t know which way to go. You come to God in prayer. You speak with Him about what your choices are, and you ask Him for guidance. He knows what the best way to go will be, and He wants you to know too. The best way to confirm God’s direction for your decision is to look in the pages of the Bible. But where do I go in the Bible, you may ask? Try going to the Psalms in the Old Testament and the gospel of John in the New Testament. Ask God to open your heart to understand His plans for you. He wants to show you. Keep asking and keep seeking, and He will open the door for you (Matthew 7:7).

As you grow in your relationship with Jesus, this practice of going to God in prayer and in His Word for decisions will become more frequent. One day, you’ll even come to a place where you couldn’t imagine making a decision without talking to God first! That’s a glorious place to be, my friend. While we’ll never do it perfectly each and every time, we can be in a position in our hearts to recognize God as the Supreme Authority over our lives, and we can always trust His perfect guidance in any situation.

By Courtney Silberman

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