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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Have you ever wanted to know God’s will for your life? What if I told you there was a verse in the Bible that literally says, “This is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”?

There is!

1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 says, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

We often tend to think of discerning God’s will as a mystical process of figuring out where we’ll live, what job we’ll have, and whom we’ll marry. God certainly has a plan for those things, but He generally keeps that plan a secret. You don’t know where you’ll be in ten years, much less in ten days. None of us can even say for sure that we’ll be alive tomorrow. But that’s okay, because whatever life circumstances we find ourselves in, God says that we are able by His Holy Spirit to rejoice, pray, and give thanks.

The Bible isn’t so concerned about us knowing God’s secret and specific will of decree. It’s more concerned with us knowing what God’s moral will for our lives is. Interestingly, we see more about this in the very same letter to the Thessalonians. (Apparently first-century Christians also struggled with wanting to know God’s will!) Chapter 4 says this:

This is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you. (vv. 3–8)

So, the next time you’re wondering what God’s will for you is, know that God is guiding your life so that you will grow in purity and holiness, which is to say, complete devotion to Him. He will guide and use your life circumstances to make you more like His Son Jesus Christ. And the best way to see progress made in that regard is to rejoice, pray, and give thanks!

VERSES TO MEDITATE ON

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for His faithfulness: “Faithful is He who calls you…” (1 Thess. 5:24). “The Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3).
  • Confession – Consider sins to confess from these commands: “that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things” (1 Thess. 4–6).
  • Thanksgiving – “Give thanks to God…, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13).
  • Supplication – Pray that “our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace” would “comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word” (2 Thess. 2:16–17).

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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