2 Timothy 3:14-17
God’s plan ensures every believer can reach his or her maximum potential. He wants His children to live a certain way and make right decisions, so He accepts full responsibility for guiding them. In fact, He promises, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go” (Ps. 32:8). However, our lifetime isn’t mapped out in an instruction manual to read the day we’re saved. Discovering God’s will is a daily process of trust.
We learn God’s will by reading His Word. Scripture provides a comprehensive guide for any situation. There we find rules and commands that will lead to our success and principles for daily application. The Bible doesn’t detail every possible situation we might face, but its principles equip us to make decisions about any and every circumstance we encounter. Studying God’s Word is the only way for a believer to recognize His will.
We discover God’s will through circumstances. The Lord is actively guiding every incident of our lives to stitch the incongruent “threads” together for our good (Rom. 8:28). When I was young, I had no money to pay for seminary even though I’d felt God’s call to preach. As I discussed the situation one evening with a friend named Julian, my pastor walked by. Julian called him over and asked if he could help. The pastor told me to come see him. I did, and from that meeting came a four-year scholarship.
Believers must be alert for the moment God reveals His will. Pray every day that He’ll make you sensitive to His ways.