Have you ever been at a crossroads? A time where you desperately wanted to seek out God’s plan for your life or circumstance and yet didn’t know how? Finding the will of God for your life isn’t as hard as it may seem. I’ve sought Bible verses about God’s will and found some powerful ways to discern where God was calling me.
Let’s dive into that today: How can you discover God’s will and plan for your life?
The very first thing we must consider is that God has many things He has called us to do in all our ways and all of our decisions and actions. God has a will for all believers in all situations.
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What is God’s will for all believers?
In Christ, we are made new. We are lifted up and seated in righteousness.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. -Ephesians 2:4-5
This is the foundation, the bedrock to all that will follow as you seek God’s will for your life. Grace has saved us and made us new. And because of that, God has a powerful calling for your life.
Do you know the #1 question that holds women back from living on mission and stepping boldly into the plans God has for them?
It’s, “What is God’s will for my life?”.
Somehow we think finding God’s will or living on mission is a big secret or mystery we need to solve.
Yet Scripture is clear what God wants from us:
- To be saved and know the Word (1 Timothy 2:4)
- Love the Lord your God with all your mind and heart (Matthew 22:37)
- Seek the Lord and fellowship with Him regularly (1 Chronicles 16:11)
- To know Him and become more like Him (Philippians 3:10)
- To give thanks in everything (Ephesians 5:20)
- To share the Good News (Mark 16:15)
- To serve others in Jesus’ name (1 Peter 4:10-11)
These Bible verses on God’s will help us clarify what God wants from all believers.
If you are seeking God’s will in a specific situation in your life, first ask yourself, does it align with these things in God’s Word?
If it doesn’t, you might have your answer.
However, sometimes it’s not as easy as that. Sometimes it aligns but how it aligns is the grey area you are trying to discover.
Keep reading, we’ll get there!
How do I seek God’s will for my life?
As your desire grows to seek God’s will for your life, you will probably be wondering how exactly do you seek God’s will? How exactly can you hear from God?
Do I just flip to that random page in the Bible and assume God is speaking to me in that? He can.
Do I pray and and the Lord for a sign of direction and wait in expectation that the next “sign” is Him speaking? He can do that, too.
But more often than not, it’s in the slow and nurtured intimacy with time spent with the Lord that He will guide you.
The first step is not in hearing what God has to say but in pursuing a relationship and time in His presence and in the Word of God.
As you nurture and cultivate this intimacy, the Holy Spirit’s voice will ring louder and louder in all you do.
How God speaks to you:
- Through His Word (Acts 17:10)
- Through the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15)
- Through prayer, fasting, and listening to God (Acts 13:1-5)
- Through confirmation from others
If you are seeking the will of the Lord for your life or God’s guidance in something, seek to grow in relationship with your loving, sovereign, Lord Jesus and as you do, you will begin to hear His voice.
Then, keep seeking the Lord by renewing your mind with truth and make a daily quiet time an anchor in your life (not just a “quick fix” to hear from the Lord!)
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. Romans 12:2
How to discern the voice of God
We have so many voices shouting at us in today’s culture. Media, social media, culture, news, friends and family (sometimes even with good intentions) are guiding us in all sorts of ways.
But although God absolutely can shout louder than these voices, we learn in Scripture that He is often the softer and more gentle voice that we must seek out.
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. -1 Kings 19:11-12
Nurturing intimacy with the Lord is an absolute must as we seek to discern God’s voice. We cannot expect the instant gratification that today’s culture has conditioned us to expect. We cannot expect the shouting, loud voice that all the voices around us are doing. We must surrender our own will and our own ideas of what is good.
God speaks to our hearts in quiet moments (that’s why it’s crucial to be still before Him!). He draws us to His will through His Word, prayer, and time in His presence. We must remember that God’s ways are higher than ours and lean on Him for understanding when we do not.
Pray for conviction from the Holy Spirit. And when you feel convicted, act on it!
And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. -John 10:4
As you do these things, you will become more and more familiar with God’s voice. You will be able to discern God’s will for your life confidently and step out in faith with boldness.
Bible Verses on God’s Will and Plan for My Life
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. -Ephesians 2:10
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:1-2
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:1-4
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” -Matthew 12:50
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. -Philippians 4:9
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:18-19
Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 5:19
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. -Matthew 6:26-33
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; Psalm 37:23
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:11
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
… fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand Isaiah 41:10
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. -Galatians 5:16
Your next steps to follow God’s will for your life:
- Seek the Lord above all and listen for God’s voice.
- Look for ways the Lord is leading or confirming your steps. (Use the tips above as a starting place to hearing from God). Then, follow God as He leads.
- Keep the your eyes on the Lord through a regular Bible study habit and pray with hope, trusting God to continue to guide your steps.
- Need more guidance? The Make it Count Workshop will help you get clear on God’s will for your life and create a flexible plan to step into God’s calling with confidence. Get a free sample of the workshop, here!