How to Know You’re Following God’s Will

A few months ago, I had to make a big decision where I had to choose between two different paths. I was praying about it a lot and was continually asking God for a clear answer. But there was nothing. No response. At least if there was, I wasn’t wasn’t hearing it—and I was getting frustrated. 

I’ve spent a significant amount of time in my life worried about whether or not I was following “God’s will.” And in the times that I do feel like I’m following His will, I worry about what I have to do to stay there. 

Ultimately, that’s why I was so frustrated—I felt that I needed to make all of the right decisions in order to stay in God’s will, and one wrong decision certainly meant a life of misery, right

One day, I realized something: with this particular decision, and many other decisions, there was no wrong path to take. I was following Jesus, spending time in His word, and praying a lot about the decision. It’s not like I was trying to choose between something moral or immoral—simply option A or option B, two great things. 

Eventually, I felt like God was saying to me, “You can choose to do A or you can choose to do B, and either way it’ll be fine.” So, I made a decision. In retrospect, I see how God was guiding me through that decision all along, even though I didn’t fully see Him working at the time.

I’m realizing now that God doesn’t always give us “yes” or “no” answers. He doesn’t make our decisions for us. But when we’re following Jesus, and when we’re in step with the Spirit, the decisions we make will reflect God’s heart. As believers, we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and as a result, the Holy Sprit guides our decisions. 
Stay in step with the Spirit. Read God’s Word daily. Pray about everything. When you do, whether you realize it or not, you’ll be following God’s will for your life. 

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