Seeking God’s Will Prior to Making Decisions vs. Making Decisions Then Seeking God’s Will

Everyday, we make plans. Pretty much everyday, those plans are thwarted. Have you ever wondered why? A lot of the time, it is because we did not seek God’s will first. This brings us to our key text coming out of Colossians 1:9 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

At this point in the scriptures, Apostle Paul is writing the people of Colosse. Near the beginning of his letter, he lets the Colossians know that he is praying for them to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will — not their own will. Too often, we make decisions on our own and then ask God to make it work. When in reality, it is more effective to ask the Lord what He would have us to do prior to making decisions. It’s impossible for us to sketch an effective plan for our lives if we do not know, at the least, what God would have our own unique objectives to be. As stated in this passage of scripture, we can learn God’s will through “all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” That means we will not find the answers to God’s will in our own understanding, from our friends, or even from our family. It is only between God and us. Hence, we must study the Bible, spend time with the Lord in prayer, and literally ask God — before making even seemingly small decisions — what He would have us to do. We will get our answers, for He lets no inquisition go unattended.

Have a blessed day!

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