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Learning to hear God’s voice and know his will can be tough, and it can be even tougher when we have big decisions to make.

Key Points:

  • The Bible gives us a lot of principles about life, like “have a good attitude while working,” but the Bible won’t tell you what you personally should choose as your career path or which college you should attend.
  • Generally, God’s will isn’t a dot, but a circle. If you view God’s will as a circle, then you know there are guidelines like “don’t commit adultery,” “don’t be a liar,” etc., but that you also have the freedom to choose your path in life, trusting that God is in control.
  • We should be faithful to God in the little things. A lot of times Christians might seek a great revelation from God when they already know from the Bible what God’s will is.
  • Are you on mission? Are you making disciples, or at least making disciple-making a priority? If not, you’re probably outside of God’s will.
  • Are you living by Jesus’s greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-39?) Is the “filter” of all your choices guided by the idea that the most important thing anyone can do is love God and the second most important thing is to love others?
  • Are you seeking justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly before God (Micah 6:8)?
  • Sometimes God does show us a unique or specific path to follow, but he will also give us the clarity we need to know that it is definitely his will.

Quote This:

Micah 6:8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

See Also: Christian Living, God’s Will

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Imagine you knew God’s exact, perfect will about every choice you could ever make. Would you be perfectly obedient? Why or why not?
  3. Have you ever had a clear sense of God’s will for a specific choice you had to make? What happened?
  4. What do you think about the difference between a “circle” and a “dot” when it comes to God’s will? Is this a good example or a bad one? Explain.
  5. Look back at the three “signposts.” Which of these is easiest for you to live by? Which is the hardest? Explain.
  6. Why is it sometimes hard to wait on God’s leading?
  7. Why is it important that God does, in fact, want to reveal himself more and more to us?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Students 101 series.