Prayers I have prayed often in 2013 are, “God, show me Your will,” and “Give me a willing heart.” Finding God’s will and doing it are goals I have for this new year. Here is a repost of a blog I first posted in July 2013. I pray that you too will discover God’s will and do it in 2014. This is the only way to know His peace and joy.
As I have been facing a difficult challenge lately, I find myself crying out to God, “What should I do?” Which way to go seems unclear. I want to do what’s right, but every choice seems to have its drawbacks.
Slipping into negative emotions and negative thinking makes things even murkier.
“Please show me Your will and Your way,” I have prayed.
What God has done is to reveal to me the next step to take. He doesn’t show me the complete picture of where He’s leading me and how He will bring me to the other side.
The key is to believe He will show me His will, and He will carry me through this just as He has brought me through every other trial in my life.
Discovering God’s will is tied in to being still. The Word says,
“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 ESV.
When I forget that He is God or fail to act that way, I try to plow ahead doing whatever comes to mind. That makes matters worse.
As I embrace fully what my Sunday School teacher has been repeating lately, “He is God, and I am not,” I can trust Him to lead me.
When going through hard times, being still before the Lord to discover His will can seem impossible. It’s especially challenging when the enemy is bombarding my mind with thoughts that bring on moments or multiple moments of doubt, fear, and unbelief.
One of the reasons it can be rough discovering God’s will in difficult times is that I ask myself, “How can this thing that’s happening to me possibly be God’s will?” and “How can a loving God allow this?”
The faith side of me says, “God does allow bad things, but He brings good out of them—if I submit to Him and trust Him with the outcome.”
I confess that too often I try to stay in control and straighten out a difficult situation or a heart-tearing relationship conflict on my own. That doesn’t work.
I notice when I try to do it on my own, love does not lead the way.
One thing I’ve become ever more certain of is this: “Love is always God’s will and God’s way.” If I’m unwilling to love, this shows that I have not been fully set free. I’m moving back into bondage.
When I love even though others have hurt me, God is present and working. The other person may not change in every way I desire, but God changes my heart to become more like His. That’s what trials are for—to transform me into the image of Christ.
Changing me is God’s will.
As I’ve been submitting to Him with an attitude of, “Lord, do what You need to do in me to make me more like You,” the hardness in my heart is melting away. I’m embracing what Jesus said,
“Not my will, but Yours be done.” Luke 22:42 ESV
There is great joy in discovering God’s will. There is even greater joy when I’m willing to embrace it and live it. I’m excited to see what God has in store in the days, weeks, and months ahead. He is so good.
To hear more about “Finding God’s Will” listen to my radio show “Hearts Set Free with Elaine” on Sunday, January 5th at 9:00am EST. It is a re-airing of a show I taped in July 2013. Go to www.wtis1110.com and press “Listen Live” or listen from the archives later in the week.