will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go" (Psa 32:8)
talking about the will of God, we must understand two aspects. One is the
general will of God and the other the specific will of God. The former is
basic and it is the same for all of us, but the latter is different for
each individual. Sanctification, Praise, Doing Good, etc., relate to the
first aspect (1 Thess 4:3; 5:18; 1 Pet 2:15). When we are faithful in
fulfilling this aspect, we will be able to understand God's specific will.
are usually four means by which we can ascertain God's specific will.
First, the teaching of the Scriptures. The Word of God is the final
authority in all matters of life and conduct. Once a course of action
cannot be fully endorsed by the Scriptures, there's no further
consideration. Next, we have the inner voice of the Spirit. The indwelling
Spirit leaves impressions on our hearts and minds. He is the Divine Helper
to lead us. Thirdly, we refer to godly counsel. Mature believers and
leaders can guide us with their knowledge, experience and gifts. Finally,
we consider the circumstantial evidence. Generally this serves as a
confirmation because it is God who orders situations in our lives. When
these four things are aligned, we can safely proceed. The inner peace over
the matter is further evidence. But there are times when in spite of
taking all these steps we still may not be sure of God's will. There could
be several reasons—
God sees that we are not mentally, spiritually or physically ready yet to
execute His will should He reveal it to us (Jn 16:12). We must go on
spending more time in reading and meditation, and doing actively things
about which we are quite clear.
In our life there may be certain areas of disobedience to the Scriptural
principles. When it is more obedience that we need, God does not give more
light. He would have us search ourselves and set matters right (Psa
God leaves an element of uncertainty to strengthen our faith. That's what
makes Christian life exciting. He doesn't give us a blueprint for life,
but only a compass. As we proceed, if we deviate to the right or the left,
we will hear His voice from behind (Isa 30:21).
kindly Light! Amid the encircling gloom, lead Thou me on;
night is dark, and I am far from home, lead Thou me on;
Thou my feet, I do not ask to see
distant scene, one step enough for me!
(John Henry Newman, 1801-1890, Written while sailing)