- Prayer – Start with talking with God. Ask Him to show you what His will is for your life and give you the strength to follow it. Pray for guidance and guidance can come in many forms, through anything from a well-timed Bible verse or a friend giving some great advice.
- Devotion – Read your Bible and spend time with Jesus. As your devotion life grows, so does your understanding of God’s will for your life. Make thoughtful connections between what you’re reading and what you’re feeling and doing.
- Guidance – Seek the advice and counsel of people in your life who are mature in their faith. They can be a great source of insight and provide more of an understanding of God’s will for your life.
Once you’ve done the above steps, it’s time to make a decision. When it comes to making decisions, it pays to be diligent. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it wise? – Does it make sense from a logical perspective?
- Is it compassionate? – Do I care for the people involved?
- Is it loving? – Does this decision demonstrate a love for God and others?
- Is it worthwhile? – Will it bring peace and joy to my life? Am I avoiding something I know I shouldn’t do?
These questions are a good starting point and can help you to better understand your circumstances and the best course of action. Finally, don’t forget to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit and ask for confirmation from God in prayer.
Trust and Obey
Discernment is a process and it can take time. Don’t be too hard on yourself or give up if you don’t have all the answers. Take a step of faith and trust in God’s plan for your life.
God’s will is for our peace and joy, not for our suffering. Be patient and take the time to discern God’s will for your life and be comforted by knowing He has a good plan in store for you.