Decisions are hard.
Here’s a quick and little-known story that’s probably guaranteed to get me in a tight corner with someone sooner or later: Once, when I was about 13, I asked God to show me the name of the girl I should choose… The name Rachel popped into my head. It didn’t just pop though. It stuck.
I remember to this day how prominent it was. At that point in my life, I didn’t have any potential girls in mind with the name Rachel, so you can imagine the struggle I went though in my later teen years.
Right now, I’m 20 years old, I’ve never dated a girl with the name Rachel, and I am single.
Let me tell you, I have so many more questions right now, not the least including: how do I know which Rachel? Have I missed the perfect Rachel? Was I just making up this whole shenanigan in the first place?
All of these questions can be summarized into one very important question, and the main topic of today:
How do we know what is God’s will?
Perhaps you’ve tried something similar. People our age are typically thinking very seriously about their career, what house they should buy, or whether they should travel or study first. So where do we look, and how do we know when a sign is really a sign?
First, let me say this straight off: I don’t know.
To be honest, I don’t think anyone knows for certain. I do believe God shows people things in miraculous ways, but I don’t believe he talks to us directly as much as he used to, and here’s why:
We have the finished Bible.
Guys, unlike many, many generations, we have the ultimate and complete Word of God accessible to us. We don’t need any miraculous Word of God sent to us in some obscure way… we have exactly what we need, accessible to us in our hands. On top of that, we quite literally have the Holy Spirit residing in us as a guide to the truth.
I agree with what Faith mentioned in yesterday’s post; I don’t believe there is any one way you have to fit into God’s plan, any perfect way you can mess up, but I do believe we have very specific guidelines to follow from the Bible, and we’re given free reign to choose within those parameters.
For instance, if a girl is: a Christian (2 Corinthians 6:14), strong in her faith (Proverbs 31:25), and a couple of specific others, I believe it would fit in God’s will for her to be in my life. On the other hand, if a girl were to come into my life who didn’t have those Biblical characteristics, but had the name Rachel… you get my gist?
There are many, many opinions out there, but here’s the one undeniable crux:
If whatever it is isn’t in line with the Bible, it ain’t the will of God.
Read your Bible. Every day. After all, how are you to know what God’s will is if you don’t have the knowledge behind you to back it up?
If you have uncertainty about God’s will, pray about it. Pray for wisdom and discernment.
And remember: Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”