What is God’s will?

God’s will

Romans 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

We Christians speak a lot about “God’s will”, but what does that even mean?  What does it mean to do God’s will?  Is this some sort of mysterious code language for something?  Or is it a very real thing that we can know and follow?

First, there are two types of God’s will:  His “revealed” or moral will and His “secret” will, or providential government of all things.  The differences between the two are best left to a Bible study rather than a devotion, but we will be speaking of the revealed will for our purposes.  This is what God wants of us or expects of us.  When we speak of looking for God’s will in our lives, this is the “revealed” will He has spelled out for us in His Word.

We may tend to think of what God wants from us personally as His will for us, but we sometimes overlook the will He has in general.  Because of this tendency, we may look for specific signs or circumstances that will tell us what God wants from us or what our next move should be.  It may be that He will give us those signs, but most often, whatever the issue is, God has already spoken on the matter in His revelation to man, the Bible.  If we’ll look there first, we’ll often find what God’s will is in the area we’re seeking answers.

Many people spent much of their time keeping their eyes open for the signs they’re expecting and yet skip right past the Bible as a means for finding out God’s will for their life.  We ought to first check God’s Word before looking for signs.  Let the Holy Spirit do the discerning.  The answer is likely right in front of us if we’d only stop looking so hard.