My mentor and I had a long conversation the other day about how to respond to my friends’ trials. I truly haven’t had the words to encourage this person. My sweet 81 year-old mentor referred me to the article below adding a sixth bullet. Her encouragement for my friend ended up encouraging me. It showed me that all the suffering we’ve endured will be used for good. Let’s sure hope so! 🙂
The will of God is not meant to be a secret we must uncover. God wants us to understand His will far more than we want to understand it. He always makes His will clear to those who seek it with an obedient heart.
Most of the real problem areas in the question of God’s settled for us in Scripture. The Bible reveals that it is God’s will for all of us to be:
- Saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9)
- Spirit-filled (Ephesians 5:17-18)
- Sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7)
- Submissive (1 Peter 2:13-15)
- Suffering (Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 3:12)
- Saying Thanks
If all those things are true in your life, you may do whatever you want. Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” That means that if you are conforming to God’s will in all the 6 ways listed above, He will place in your heart desires that reflect His will. So do what you want to do!