Because God is God, He will have no trouble in communicating to us what He wants us to do. Our problem is doing God’s will, not knowing God’s will! We must be willing to do whatever He desires for us, before He will let us know His plan for us.
Note, we are talking about major decisions in our lives, not things like, “What will I have for lunch today?” But rather such decisions as, “Is God calling me into vocational ministry?”
The Lord uses five means to direct us into His will. The first is the Word of God – the Bible. The second is personal peace when you pray and reflect upon the decision.
In Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) we read, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” The Spirit will confirm with your spirit that you are on the right path, keep going, don’t give up or doubt. There will be an inner settledness and confirmation from the Lord that this is the way.
Though you may not have all the answers yet, you will have a deep peace of heart, a rest in your heart, knowing that this is from God. Doubts only need more facts. Anxiety only needs more reassurance. It’s is unbelief and disobedience that we must avoid.
You may have unanswered questions and the Lord may simply say that you must trust me on that one. But other times your doubts will be removed as you get more clarity on the situation. The Lord will give you all you need at the right time to make the right decision.
Psalm 143:8,10 say, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. … Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. The Lord will guide and direct you from His Spirit within you. Listen carefully and you will hear His voice.
Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (ESV)