If We Hope to Hear from God

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
–James 1:5

As we study how to discover God’s will, we must understand this truth: if we hope to hear from God, we must desire to obey His will. We can’t say, “God, show me Your will so I can decide whether to obey it.” God doesn’t work that way. He reveals His will only to those who truly want to obey His will.

In John 6:38, Jesus said, “I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” The consuming passion of Jesus’s life was to do the will of God. Is that true of you as well? When you roll out of bed in the morning, is your first thought, How would God have me spend my time today? Or when you face a thorny dilemma, do you first ask yourself, What would God have me do in this situation? Many of us live our lives as practical atheists. We formulate our plans, solve our problems, and spend our resources as if there were no God in heaven. But there is a God in heaven, and He has a plan for your life. And He promises to reveal that plan to those who want to obey it.

Let me give you an illustration from the Old Testament. In the early days of King Solomon’s reign, he went to a village called Gibeon and met with God. The Lord said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5). Most young men would have asked for the latest model chariot, a closetful of designer tunics, or the most beautiful girlfriend in all of Israel. Not Solomon. He said, “Give Your servant an understanding heart” (v. 9). The word translated as “understanding” means “hearing.” Solomon was saying, “God, I want to hear from You. I need Your direction.” This request was “pleasing in the sight of the Lord” (v. 10), and God granted Solomon the wisdom he wanted.

Throughout Scripture, we see God’s promise to give direction to those who ask for it:

  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5–6).
  • “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
  • “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

God promises to reveal His will if we are intent on obeying it.

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Today’s devotion is adapted from “Discovering God’s Will” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.

Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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