How Will I Know If It’s God’s Will?
Adapted from a Daily Devotional by Andrew Wommack
The Word of God tells us that God will direct our steps (Psa. 37:23), and yet many Christians struggle in making decisions.
Should I go this way or that way? Should I move or should I stay? And on it goes!
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” —Colossians 3:15
In the above scripture, the word ‘rule’ means ‘to be an umpire; to decide, determine; to direct, control, rule.’
Just as every sport has disputes that must be settled by officials, the peace of God is the umpire that settles all disputes as to what the will of God is for our lives.
We must learn to listen to and heed the peace of God in our hearts.
God's peace is something that every born-again believer has. It's a fruit of the Spirit. That peace is always umpiring; we just don't always pay attention. How many times have you acted contrary to the peace in your heart and afterward, you experienced disaster? You say, 'I never did feel good about that.' That was the peace of God umpiring, but we chose to play by our own rules.
There are some things we can do to facilitate the peace of God umpiring in our hearts. First, consider ALL the options. Many wrong decisions have been made because not all the options were considered. Don't let fear rule out God's possibilities!
Next, use your imagination to explore what will happen with each choice. You should be able to discern a greater peace as you consider the option the Lord would have you take. That is not to say that there will be total peace with any of the choices. In your spirit there will be total peace over the right choice, but we aren't always totally in the Spirit, and it is not unusual for some turmoil to exist. Just as an umpire has to make a call, be bold enough to follow the direction that gives you the most peace.
The rudder on a ship can't go any direction until the ship is moving. The ship doesn't have to be going full steam ahead for the rudder to work, but it does have to be moving.
Likewise, we have to act before the peace of God will give us perfect direction. Even if you make a mistake, you will have made it in faith, trying to follow the peace of God in your heart.
The Lord can bless a wrong decision made in faith from a pure heart, more than He can bless indecision (Rom. 14:23).