I was thinking over lunch and somehow starting thinking about figuring out God’s will, whether it be big or everyday decisions in life. Looking back, I can remember times where I prayed something along the lines of “God, open the doors you want open and close the doors you want closed..”, and after praying this prayer I decided that any door or opportunity that opened up must be from God and therefore His will for me, after all I prayed for Him to close the doors that He wanted closed. But looking back, it seems that this prayer doesn’t quite line up with scripture…
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
According to Paul in his letter to the Romans, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and because of that we will be able to discern what God’s will is. We’re not going to have to discern between an open and a closed door…because the only thing available is the open door. Just because an opportunity arises doesn’t mean it’s God’s will. We have to allow Christ in us to direct us to the right decision that is pleasing to Him, we’re not just puppets that are blindly walking a path, we’re part of Christ’s family, we’re the temple of the living and active God, the Spirit reveals the things of God to us and reveals His will to us and then guides through it. He shows us where we need to go and what we need to do. God still allows us to have free will, but we then have to decide to and remember to abide in Christ.
God gives us choices and shows us the right one.
I would love to hear your experiences you had in discerning God’s will in your life.