Follow God's Will for Your Life

Our lives seem to have a lot to do with the choices we make. Life to date seems to be the sum total of all the choices we have made to this point. Since I have to make all these choices, I should use the advantage that I have. What advantage is that? God! He knows everything, even the future, and He told us we could know that too. John 16:13 says,” He will show us things to come.” With that in mind, how do we make good choices?


I think we need to start by ascertaining the will of God for our life or a particular situation. We should consult God in every area of our life so we can know His will. James 4:13-17 is an often a misunderstood scripture. Most people hear this scripture at funerals, “What is your life? Even a vapor.” Really, this is a living scripture because it talks about the will of God for our lives. It is saying we should get the will of God for where we live and what we do because life is short and we should always be in the will of God. I think a great error in people walking with the Lord is thinking, “whatever is meant to be will be”. It really is not true. The Lord has a will for your life and it is good, but decisions can mess up the plan of God, and there is a devil that would like to totally destroy the will of God for your life. So, that is why we must talk about making good choices.


God showed humanity early on that choices have consequences. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and it cost them. We see in Deuteronomy 30:19 He told us that He set before us life and death and told us to choose life. That means if we want, we can choose death or things that will lead to death. So, in order to make good choices, we must get wisdom from the One who knows all things. The Word of God is full of the wisdom of God. When we lack wisdom, the Lord invites us to ask Him for His wisdom in James 1:5. Paul, by the Holy Ghost, prayed in Colossians 1:9 that we would be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. We must have the wisdom of God to make great decisions.


If you and I will understand that every decision, large or small, is important and understand that every decision has either rewards or consequences, we will make better decisions. Now I am not saying if you made a bad decision, you are stuck with it. Thank God for His mercy and His goodness. He will deliver you out of all of your problems; the ones someone created for you, the ones the devil created and the problems you have because of your own bad choices. I will say this, however, how much better and easier our lives will be if the Father is not always getting us out of trouble because of our bad decisions. Choose life! Choose God’s wisdom! Find God’s will for your life and for every situation and follow Him!

Pastor Mark Garver