Doing God's Will When You Don't Have All the Answers (3 of 3) by Jonathan McLeod

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Doing God's Will When You Don't Have All the Answers (3 of 3)
Series: The Will of God
Jonathan McLeod

And [Paul and his companions] went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them (Acts 16:6-10).


People try all sorts of strange methods in their attempts to discover God's will for their lives.

• There is the "Random Bible Verse Method." Close your eyes, open your Bible, and point to a random verse. This verse will contain a clue about God's will for your life.
• There is the "Ask-God-for-a-Sign Method." You might pray, "God, if you really want me to become a doctor, please let there be an empty parking spot right in front of the coffee shop this morning."
• There is the "Guidance Through a Seemingly Accidental Experience Method." You're walking down a city sidewalk and you slip on a banana peel. Lying on your back, you look up and see above you an Italian restaurant sign. You think, "Maybe God wants me to be a missionary in Italy...or maybe I'm supposed to open a restaurant...or perhaps I should just go buy a slice of pizza."
• There is the "King Saul Method." Saul visited a medium when God wouldn't answer his prayers for direction (1 Sam. 28:3-25).

I don't recommend any of these methods for discovering God's will (especially the last one).


The Bible gives us clear direction for moral decisions, but the Bible is silent on the morally neutral decisions we face (e.g., what ...

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