Tips on Discerning the Will of God


We all are looking for ways to know God’s will. What does He want us to do? Does our will match His purpose for our lives? How can we know for sure?

These are just some of the questions that we ask ourselves as we seek to follow God. Throughout the Bible we are told how we can know God’s will. One such example is in 2 Samuel 7 where David is wanting to build a place for the Ark containing the Covenant and other sacred items. The Ark of the Covenant had been in a Tent since the time of Moses. In contrast David was occupying his new palace as King of Israel.

David sees the obvious and decides to do something! As we read through this passage we find David sharing his plans with Nathan, the prophet, who at first agrees. But as Nathan rests that evening, the Word of the Lord came to Nathan instructing him to tell David not to build a temple but to wait. Instead God had other plans for David according to 2 Samuel 7 11, where we read, “The Lord Himself will make a house for you.” It is is out of this revealed will of God that Christ would ultimately trace the human side of His heritage.
Tips on discovering the will of God:

  1. Look for the obvious! God wants us to help, serve and witness to people. The Scripture is clear in this area. (2 Samuel 7:1)
  2. Seek out others who love Jesus. David told his thoughts to Nathan who encouraged him in his plans. (2 Samuel 7:2-3)
  3. Consult with someone who is abiding in Christ. Nathan ministered to David on multiple occasions. God spoke through Nathan to let David know of His will. Nathan was not afraid to tell this earthly king what the Eternal King had revealed. (2 Samuel 7: 4-17)
  4. Spend time with God yourself. So often we leave prayer out of the equation. Get alone with God, the Scriptures and talk to Him about the direction He would have you take. ( 2 Samuel 7: 18-29

As you read 2 Samuel 7, you will find many insights into knowing how to discern God’s will(s) for your life. He wants to reveal Himself to you more. Spend time seeking Him.

“Because of Your word and according to Your will, You have revealed all these great things to Your servant.” 2 Samuel 7:20

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