Know God’s will
“Therefore do not be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17
Faith starts where the will of God is known. I wrote previously how God spoke to my heart and said His “will” for me was a plan not a puzzle. He has a plan and He wants me to know what it is. This statement really helps me when I found myself in situations that I don’t know the right choice to make or the next step to take. Many times, I have gotten ahead of God’s plan or even stepped away from it because I wasn’t waiting for the next part of the plan. In waiting, I felt pressure to do anything to make something happen. In today’s scripture, the apostle Paul says not to be unwise by not knowing and understanding what God’s will is. This is reinforcement that God wants us to know and has made available His will to us, but how can we know?
The number one way to know God’s will is in His Word. God’s Word is the first place to start learning what His will is. In today’s scripture reading Ephesians 5, there is a long list of things that are God’s will for us to do in our daily walk. We know this is God’s will because it is plainly written out for us. Such things as:
• Walk as children of light
• Have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness
• Walk circumspectly (discreetly), not foolishly
• Don’t be drunk with wine
• Talk to others in psalms and hymns, making melody in your heart to the Lord
• Giving thanks always for all things to God
• Submitting to one another in the fear and love of God
This is just a short list of things that God has already given us in His Word as His will. There are even more that are listed earlier in this chapter and throughout the entire Bible. When you start by doing the things you already know are God’s will, then God sees your willingness, obedience, and desire to know more of His specific, step by step plan for your life.
Secondly, doing good each day for others leads you closer to God’s specific plan for you. 1 Peter 2:15 says, “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance (and confusion) of foolish men”. Doing good things for others is always God’s will. He wants us to share the things we have as well as the love of God with those around us. When you don’t know the next steps to take in God’s plan, show the love of God to those around you.
Finally, after doing the things God has already said in His Word, set a quiet time aside to seek and listen for God’s specific next steps for all the things you are going through today. In times when I’m not sure what to do, I start by thanking God that He makes His path plain and clear to me. I know He’s not trying to hide it from me, so I ask Him to open my heart, eyes, and ears so that I can clearly see what the next step to take is and then thank Him for it because I know it is going to be good!
Today I want to encourage you to start or continue walking out God’s perfect plan for your life by starting in His Word first, doing good to others, and setting a quiet time aside to hear God’s spirit on the inside of you, leading you step by step on the perfect path of freedom!
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 5:15-21