How do we know that we are doing what God wants us to do?
Asked By Jill
How do we know that we are dong what God wants us to do?
God's will is not a mystery that we cannot understand. God wants us to know it, and He gladly shows it to us. For example, we know from the Bible that God wants us to follow Jesus and accept His offer of salvation (Romans 1:16, Galatians 1:6) and eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12). He has also shown us that He wants us to belong especially to Himself (1 Corinthians 1:2).
God's will for us in our moral and spiritual life has been clearly shown to us in His Word through general principles. God's will for us never goes against the Bible. For example, one general principle is found in 1 Thessalonians 4:3 where we see that we should be holy and avoid immorality. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22, we have a list of things that we know are His will, and throughout the Scriptures God shows us how He wants us to live.
In His Word we see how God thinks. There are times, however, when we need God's specific guidance in other areas of our lives. We need to ask God through prayer to help us know His will in these areas. He is big enough to make sure that we know. Sometimes, God can lead us through how things happen to us. It is also wise for us to seek the counsel of our Christian parents and youth leaders who know us well.
It can be helpful to know if you are doing God's will by asking yourself these questions:
1. Does the attitude or action please God?
2. Would God say it is good?
3. Would it cause me or someone else to lose touch with God?
4. Is it healthy and good for me?
Sometimes when we have choices between things that both agree with the Bible, the important thing is to start going in one direction. God will direct you if your heart is open to Him and you honestly want to do what He wants for you.
In summary, God shows us what He wants us to do in the following ways: through the Bible (Psalm 119:105); through prayer (James 1:5); through the advice of Christian adults; and through the events in our lives (Revelation 3:8, Romans 8:28).