Daily Reflections

The Will of God

November 17, 2022 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. —Ephesians 5:20

I hear from lots of people who want to know how to know the will of God for their lives, especially when it comes to major, life-ordering decisions.

But when you go to Scripture for insight on the will of God, you don’t find a lot about things to do, places to go, or people to meet. That’s because God’s will isn’t so much a place, a job, or a specific mate as it is a heart and a lifestyle. What you do find in the Word, however, are a few clear statements regarding what the will of God is—for all of us.

And one of them is gratitude: “Give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:18).

In other words, you may find yourself a lot closer to hearing God’s heart on a certain time-sensitive matter not by making pro and con lists or anguishing between multiple options but simply by doing what you already know to be His will. Give thanks.

Make it Personal

Live out God’s will for your life today—give thanks in all the circumstances He has placed in your life.