“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.”
I spend a lot of time talking with people about God’s will.
Students are concerned about jobs, marriage, calling, schooling, friends, priorities, etc. The more serious the decision, the more stress it generates. For many, there is a fear of making a decision that will not be God’s will. Personally, I think this is more stress than necessary. The Bible does not teach that God’s will is something hidden or overly complicated. However, I do understand the concern.
I like this quote by William Carey. He reminds us that the pursuit of God’s will should lead us into his mission. The specific plans may differ. But, when you are asking God to show you his will for your life, ask: “Will this advance your mission.”
This is a great first step.
Lord Jesus, your will for me, feels cloudy. I want to follow. I want to be involved in your mission. Give me clarity and courage
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com