Finding and knowing the will of God can be a very difficult task. The day we accept Jesus into our life as our Lord and Savior doesn't give us all the answers about every detail of our future. Now don’t hear us wrong, the Bible contains incredible answers to life's most pressing questions... But it does not give a clear step by step outline of each individual's future. So how are we supposed to find God's specific will for our lives?
-Put God first. If we want to know God's will for our lives we must put Him first. We must submit our lives to Him daily. We must surrender all of our wants and desires to Him. If we put Him first, He will guide us down His intended path that He has for us. One of the beautiful things about being a child of God is that we do not have to know all of the answers; we just need to know the One who has all of the answers. As we get to know God more intimately by obediently following what we do know about Him, He will reveal in His perfect time the plan He has for each one of us.
-Pray regularly about our future. It is okay to ask God to direct our steps? Is it right for us to ask Him what His plans are for us? Let's all keep in mind that God does not always work on our timetable. Just because we ask Him something about our future that does not mean He will answer us right away. This reminds us of one of our favorite quotes, "Do not mistake God's patience for His absence." God is ALWAYS there! He ALWAYS listens! But we have to remember that He ultimately knows what is best for each of our lives. Just because He does not answer us right away doesn't mean that He doesn't hear us.
-Practice our passions. Often times God will use our passions to further His kingdom. What are your passions? Could it be painting? Singing? Dancing? Playing sports? Cooking? God can use any and all of our passions to bring glory to His Name. Passions and gifts come in many different forms. We must find ours, get settled in it, and use it to glorify our Father. We can use our passions to the glory God... and they just might lead us to discovering and even fulfilling our purpose!
The following passage is a great help to those who are searching God's perfect will for their lives (including us).
"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
"God's will is more about who I am becoming than what I am doing."