How do you know what God wants you to do?
This is a question that a lot of people ask, and it can be tough to find an answer. One thing that’s for sure is that God doesn’t always speak to us in a clear and concise manner. In fact, he may not even speak to us at all—or at least not in a way that we can understand. So how do we discern his guidance in our lives?
Well, one thing we can do is look at the Bible. God often speaks to us through his Word, and if we pay close attention, we can usually find what he’s trying to tell us. Another thing we can do is pray. When we talk to God and ask for his guidance, we may be surprised at what he reveals to us.
Ultimately, it’s up to us to discern God’s guidance in our lives. It takes time and effort, but if we’re willing to put in the work, we’ll eventually learn how to hear his voice clearly.
Recognizing God’s Guidance
When you’re trying to discern God’s guidance in your life, it’s important to be aware of the ways He speaks to you. One of the most common ways is through your intuition.
That still, small voice inside of you is often God’s way of communicating with you. He might also use other people in your life to communicate His guidance or speak to you through Scripture.
It can be tricky to know when God is speaking to you, but if you’re open to it, you’ll start recognizing the signs. Be patient and trust that God will guide you in the direction He knows is best for you.
Listening to God’s Voice
When you’re seeking guidance, one of the most important things to do is to learn how to listen for God’s voice. That might sound intimidating, but it’s really not as difficult as it seems. The key is to be quiet and open yourself up to receive whatever God might want to say to you.
Start by asking God to help you discern His will for your life. Acknowledge that God is always with you and that you want to be open to whatever He has in store for you. Then, simply listen. Be still and quiet your mind, and focus on hearing God’s voice speaking directly to you. It might be a feeling, a thought or an idea that comes to you—whatever it is, pay attention to it.
The most important thing is to be patient and not rush the process. Allow yourself time to listen and discern God’s guidance for your life. He will speak to you in His own time and in His own way.
The Importance of Prayer
When you’re trying to discern God’s guidance in your life, prayer is an essential tool. It’s one way to open up your heart and mind so that you can hear what God is trying to tell you.
Prayer doesn’t have to be a formal thing. You can pray anytime, anywhere. Just take a few moments to talk to God, tell Him what’s on your mind, and listen for His answer. You may not always hear an audible voice, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t speaking. Trust that you’ll know when you receive an answer.
And don’t forget to pray for guidance in all aspects of your life, from big decisions to small ones. Prayer is a powerful way to connect with God and receive His wisdom and guidance.
Learning From Scripture
Have you ever stopped to consider how the Bible can offer insight into God’s guidance in your life? After all, it is a collection of stories, letters, and poems that provide moral and spiritual instruction. As you learn more about Scripture, the themes will become familiar to you and can serve as your North Star for living a God-honoring life.
Consider reading passages from the Bible each day and taking some time to really reflect on what you read. You may find that as you consistently study, themes on how to live in accordance with God’s will keep reappearing. Pray before, during, and after as this is an opportunity for God to guide you.
Moreover, engaging in conversation with other believers can be incredibly helpful in discerning God’s guidance. It is important to have an open heart and mind when considering different perspectives and interpretations of Scripture. But always remember—it’s when these conversations lead closer to Jesus that they become life-giving.
Looking for Signs From God
How will we recognize God’s guidance in our day-to-day lives? Look for the signs God places in your path.
We can look to the Bible for reassurance that God is with us and that He guides our paths. He has promised to continually provide us with signs throughout our lives if we are willing to take the time to discover and appreciate them. Signs could be in the form of an unexpected conversation in a line at a store, a verse or thought that stands out during your devotional time, or a sudden reassurance while undergoing a difficult situation. All of these experiences are designed to bring us closer to God and His plan for our lives.
We can also look for signs through Nature, as “the heavens declare the glory of God,” and all creation testifies of His goodness (Psalm 19:1). Look out your window at the sun as it rises each morning as a reminder that He is always present. Listen to the birds singing or find joy in watching a sunrise as a way to remember His promises. These small things let us know that He will always be with us and guide us in His ways.
Experiencing Confirmation From God
One way to discern God’s direction in our lives is to look for confirmation from Him. When you feel like a decision has been made, or a particular course of action should be taken, look for confirmation that the course of action – or lack thereof – is from God. Confirmations can come in many shapes and forms: certain people speaking the same or similar things into your life, a sign you have been asking for, things that are spoken over us during prayer time, or even a new peace or joy that you have not experienced before.
It can happen at any time, so be sensitive to God’s leading, and don’t ignore any hints that He may be sending your way. Sometimes you will find these confirmations in small moments; other times, they can come via big events that you may not have expected. Never discount what He may be saying, and try to take note of these confirmations as they come, so that when it comes time to make a decision, you will have the confirmation needed to move forward with peace and assurance.
In short, if you want to start discerning God’s guidance in your life, start by creating some sacred space for yourself. This could be a physical space in your home, or it could be a space in your mind and heart. Make time each day to connect with that space, and allow yourself to be open to whatever God might want to say to you.
Second, be patient. God’s guidance doesn’t always come in a big, flashing light. Sometimes, it’s more subtle than that. Be patient, and be willing to pay attention to the little things that happen during your day.
And finally, be humble. Remember that you are not perfect, and you don’t have all the answers. When you go to God for guidance, be humble enough to accept whatever answer you might receive.