How to Know God’s Will

Have you ever been at a crossroads in your life and wondered which path God would have you choose, or had to wrestle with the complexity of a big, career-shaping decision and searched for God’s direction in the midst of it?

If you have not, you will.

And if you have, you know how crazy-making it can be.

Yet there is something crucial to the call of God that we oft overlook. Something so clear that when we feel it, we could be certain of the hand of providence. And when we notice its absence, we would be quick to turn down those would-be opportunities.

Paul describes it in Philippians 4:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In my experience, that peace of God that Paul describes is so perfectly clear, so overwhelmingly tangible, that when you do not feel it, you notice its absence. As I look back over my life, the times I’ve nearly bankrupted my call have been those times in which I have made decisions absent the peace of God. Times I have had to convince myself, talk myself into something, or make up reasons why I’m right. Times when my gut was dead set in opposition against me and the decision I was trying to convince myself to make. Times when I’ve found myself saying “This is uncomfortable- Brain, find me reasons why my heart should feel better about this.”

If you’ve ever stayed up all night wondering about a decision,

ever thought “This doesn’t feel right but maybe it will later,”

ever had people lean in and tell you they think you are wrong,

ever felt your brain trying to convince your heart of something,

If the decision you are making stresses you out, causes you insomnia, or leads to endless internal dialogues,


You are on dangerous ground. Stop and reevaluate. Likely, you need to turn down whatever it is you are trying to wrestle yourself into.


Follow the peace.

In my experience, those who follow God into greener pastures never know they are going anywhere. They are simply following. Life-altering decisions are but background noise upon the path of obedience. And they never have to convince themselves of anything.

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