Christians get hung up on “what is God’s will for my life?” It preoccupies so many Christian lives. And it is based on a misunderstanding of God’s will. God does not care about what you do in the way most think. As I said last time, the first way God talks about His will is that His one will for all of human history is to glorify Christ (Ephesians 1.9-10). So in that sense, no one should ever ask “was it God’s will for this or that to happen?” If it happened, it was God’s will!
The other way God talks about His will is in terms of what His desire is for His people. As 1 Corinthians 10.31 would say, “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.” Stop.
You know that verse. And you probably think, “yeah, yeah, I know we must do everything for His glory.” Yes, but do you notice how Paul says ‘whether you eat or drink or whatever you do”? It does not matter what you do! In other words, God does not care about what you do…as long as it is for His glory.
In practical terms, God’s Law is His will. Whatever He commands, we must do. And then everything else that does not have moral implications– what to eat (He does not say “thou shall eat burgers today”), what to wear, where to live, what job to take— do it for the glory of God. It is doing things for His glory that is commanded in the Law– not what to eat or where to live.
So when you need to pray “about something” that prayer should be “Lord help me to find in your Word whether this is pleasing to you or not.” And if it does not have any moral implications, then “Lord, please help me to do this for your glory.” Simple. No need to get preoccupied with things the Bible does not.
My guess as to why so many get hung up on “what to eat and where to live” is twofold: one, they unwittingly are seeking the most problem-free, blessing-filled life possible, and unless they are sure they will have that, they do not want to move forward. My response to that is twofold: one, that is selfish. Two, you may be disobedient by wasting your time waiting to find that problem-free, blessing-filled life. You are not that different from the sluggard who makes excuses to not go outside (Proverbs 26.13).
The other, less problematic reason for getting hung up on these kinds of things is that there are many gray areas in life. There are many decisions that are important that require much biblical wisdom. And that is what I will try to address next time.