What Do You Do When You Don't Know the Will of God?
It’s tough when you want to know God’s will about a certain situation but there is no clear direction. You pray, you read…but still no direction.
Leaders feel the pressure to lead. We make a decision anyway. What if you are supposed to simply wait…until He speaks?
Think about these things when you don’t know God’s will:
1. His Word is His Will.
This takes some of the pressure off! I have 66 books He has written to me about other people in the same situations as me. God spoke to them about what to do, and He has never changed.
Immerse yourself in your Bible. There will always be a verse, a passage, a story, something that the Holy Spirit shapes into your situation. God speaks through His Word.
2. He speaks when He is ready.
If you don’t know what to do…DO NOTHING! Wait! I think God often waits to see if we will “grab the reins” and make a move.
Hold your nerve. Keep your eyes on Him. Wait on Him in worship and prayer in the morning, afternoon or even at midnight! His voice will come to you in plenty of time to obey.
3. Follow your peace.
The voice of God is in the peace of God. David said, “He leads me beside still waters.” Fear, anxiety, and frustration is NEVER the will of God.
Wait for peace. Never buy something, marry someone, move somewhere, or start something without a perfect sense of inward peace. Follow your peace.
4. Do what you KNOW TO DO.
Someone said to me once, “When you don’t know what to do, the more you do what you KNOW to do…the more you will know WHAT to do!”
We KNOW we are supposed to love and serve people. We KNOW we are supposed to speak to others about Christ. We KNOW we are supposed to forgive. We KNOW we are supposed to give thanks always. Don’t stress about God’s unknown will, keep doing His KNOWN will.
5. Define your values.
When you know your values, your decisions become easy. For example:
You value PEOPLE. God would never lead you into something that destroys your relationships.
You value FINANCIAL FREEDOM. God would never lead you into something that straps you with debt pressure.
You value CALLING. God would never push you into an arena you have no gifting to accomplish.
God is not playing with your future. He wants to disclose His will to you. Slow down, sit down, open your Bible and your heart. Listen to your heart and then ask for a confirmation in Scripture.
If you haven’t heard the voice of God clearly, I have one word for you: “Wait.”