God’s Will, Or My Will?

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. Proverbs 3:5-6 declares, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” And last but not least, my favorite scripture is from Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

There are many things and circumstances that we do out of our own free will. In my opinion, there are not enough moments when we stop to think about what God’s will should be; even for the smallest of things. I know there have been many moments when I get frustrated because I just don’t understand what His will is for my life or for my family. There have been plenty of times when I have had doubt and not enough trust. But in my personal experience, I have learned to really rely on Proverbs 3:5-6. We are not to lean on our own will or understanding, but in all things, whether we understand or not, to *submit* to Him. When we choose to submit to His greater plan, He promises to make our path straight. It takes a lot of humility to just sit back and not take things into our own hands. However, when we do, His will begins to unfold and it’s a beautiful thing.

At this point you may be asking the question, “Well, how do I know what the will of God is, Hannah?” First of all, I don’t have those answers. All I can say is this: prayer and submission is the key to unlock your past and your future, in my humble opinion. When you take your situation, feelings, burdens, sorrow, and blessings to God, and truly put it into His hands, then He will begin to show you His will. I know for me, there have been times when I haven’t even been searching for anything specific, and it just shows up and proves to be the complete will of God because I did not force anything, but rather took it to God and put it completely into His hands. The power of prayer is a beautiful thing, my friends. If you truly desire to know the will of God, don’t take things into your own hands. When you try to make decisions for yourself, sometimes you won’t be able to take your mind off of all the possibilities or drawbacks, perhaps the way you see things becomes hindered by how you are actually supposed to see them, or maybe you take action when it is not yet time. There is a time and season for everything. Just be sure it is in God’s time and season, and not your own.

The way that I have known if something is the will of God are a few things: He will send a confirmation in some way, I will feel or hear Him speaking to me through scripture, worship, or prayer, and a lot of times He will reveal His will through my authority (parents, etc.). I think we can all agree that it is not easy to recognize the will of God over our own will. Sometimes sacrifice has to take place for you to understand what He’s trying to reveal. In addition, patience, endurance, and prayer are necessary to fully grasp His will. Even if the result you get isn’t exactly what you were looking for – it is important to maintain praise and thanksgiving. I’m sure I could go further on this topic, but that is all I have to say for now. Shabbat Shalom!

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