Discerning the Will of God

I am directing this post toward our students and their parents who are in the process of making the important decision of education after high school, but I’m hopeful that the content will apply to all us regardless of what season of life we are in. I have had several students approach me recently with worries about what college God wants them to go to. In each of these conversations, the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” has come up.

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I am directing this post toward our students and their parents who are in the process of making the important decision of education after high school, but I’m hopeful that the content will apply to all us regardless of what season of life we are in.

I have had several students approach me recently with worries about what college God wants them to go to. In each of these conversations, the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” has come up. This is a phrase we hear over and over again from Christians in regard to many important decisions in life. Who should I marry? Or where should I live? Should I take this job or that one? All are important questions, and any Christ-follower would like to be in line with God’s will for his or her life in regard to these things.

Kevin DeYoung has written an excellent book on the will of God called Just do Something. DeYoung points out that many Christians tend to over spiritualize decisions and turn God and the Scriptures into a magic 8-ball. The problem with this is that it tends to produce passive Christians who feel paralyzed when it comes to decision-making. DeYoung provides an alternative to this passivity in one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Live for God. Obey the Scriptures. Think of others before yourself. Be holy. Love Jesus. And as you do these things, do whatever else you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, and you’ll be walking in the will of God.”

I love it. The call to live for Christ, and sit under the authority of the Scriptures produces confidence in Him. As we walk with Christ, and He reveals His character to us through His Word, we can make decisions without having everything mapped out for us. This doesn’t mean we don’t pray. This doesn’t mean we don’t ask wise questions. I have encouraged our students to pray James 1:5 and to seek godly counsel in regard to their college decisions. I encouraged each of them to look for a gospel-centered, Bible-believing, Christ-exalting church in the city they are looking at going to college in. And after they’ve prayed, sought godly counsel and done their homework, I’ve told them to go where they want.