Discovering the Will of God – Part 1

“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” Col. 1:9b-10

Every day I try to memorize some verses from the Scripture, it is a habit I developed over a year ago, and it has been life-changing. As I find myself in this current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to figure out God’s will in my life, I’ve been meditating in these verses.

I think part of everyone’s journey in life is trying to figure out how to have a prosperous life, and most importantly, what does it mean to have a prosperous life. I think discovering this is essential for every human being, especially in these times when everything looks so confusing and overwhelming. However, I believe as Christians, living surrounded by worldly perspectives, we sometimes forget what source we should go to in order to have the wisdom we need to figure it out.

In these verses, Paul reminds us that if we really desire to live a worthy life for the Lord, not for the world, the first thing we need to do is to ASK GOD. Let’s ask God for wisdom and understanding, but not like the world offers it to us, rather the one the Spirit gives. “For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life -comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” 1 John 2: 16-17. As we ask God to give us the wisdom to be able to live prosperous lives even in the middle of this pandemic, lives worthy of the Lord, we will also discover the things that are pleasing to Him: to do good works and to grow in His knowledge. Two things that have nothing to do with ourselves, but force us to look outside of ourselves.

If you find yourself today struggling, trying to figure out how to live a prosperous life in the middle of this chaos or making another important decision in your life, it may be a good starting point for you to ASK GOD to fill you with the knowledge of His will, and then just take the focus
off of you and start helping someone around you, while at the same time you spend some time in the Word just trying to get closer to Him. James 1:5-6 says ” If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt”.