Where's the Will?

The easiest answers are sometime the most difficult to see. Take the subject of God's will, for example. We followers of Christ want to see God's will expressed through our lives. We want to know—and use—our gifts. We want to see God do great things through us. The challenge, though, comes with determining that will.

How do we know what God wants us to do? How do we know what gifts we have? And that challenge can be made more difficult as we wait. For what, exactly, we don't know. A dream, perhaps. A sudden flash before our eyes that explained God's will for our life. Someone to tell us they had a message from God for me. That we would wake up one day and all would be clear. It might sound ridiculous, but those thoughts can run through our heads.

We know in our minds that being a Christ follower, by logic, is a verb. It's action. It isn't a decision we make and then we sit back. Yet, we sometimes sit and wait for God to take the action. Sure, we may be active and volunteer at church or lead a Bible study, but deep down, we want a map, the directions, before we "really" start our faith walk. Of course, if that were the case, it wouldn't be a faith walk, would it? It would just be a walk.

The path to discovering God's will starts with one simple step that too often goes overlooked: Prayer. There are verses that, even after reading them many times, can have such a huge impact. Matthew 7:7-11 does just that. The words jumped off the page: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."

Duh … if you have a question, ask. God's not in the business of holding secrets from those who seek Him and His will. But He's also not in the business of laying out His will to those who don't seek Him. It's pretty simple, yet we sometimes make it pretty difficult.

How do we learn to ride a bike? We get on and practice, likely falling here and there, but we eventually learn. How do we learn to drive? To write? How do we learn any new skill? They don't magically appear. It takes work and practice. So, too, when it comes to God's will. It takes work—on our part—to seek God, talk to God and read God's word.

And then we move out in faith on a walk that will make us more Christ-like.