|Insights to Help You – Summer 2016 (09/16)
Steps in Finding God’s Will
Dr. Viggo (Vic) Olsen
The fact that God, the Creator of this immense universe, cares about each of us, wants to guide us along life’s pathway, and has a personal plan for each of our lives is one of the most inspiring ideas the human mind could contemplate. The Christian Scriptures make clear that the idea is factual. Those who write or speak about this concept use various terms to express it: understanding God’s will, discovering God’s direction, detecting God’s desire, learning God’s leading, gaining God’s guidance, perceiving God’s plan.
“That sounds great! I want it,” you say, “but how do I find it?” First prepare yourself! There are four preparatory steps or prerequisites stated or implied in a classical New Testament passage, Romans 12:1,2 (Berkeley, italics added):
The four prerequisites for perceiving God’s plan are:
Divine guidance is essentially a matter of God applying inner impressions on your mind. He gives you peace on mind when you decide correctly and remain on track. When you decide wrongly, get off the track, or when it is time for the next step in your program, He withholds or withdraws this peace of mind. The Father’s plan is not like a blueprint laid out on a drawing board with every detail visible at one glance. God’s plan for you, rather, is like a scroll which reveals His will bit by bit, as a scroll in unrolled. Unrolling your scroll completely will take a lifetime.
The four steps in discovering God’s will are: 1) erase and pray, 2) read and remember, 3) consider and think, 4) decide and check.
In matters large and small I have found this approach to knowing God’s will and finding His personal plan practical and successful.
Reprinted with permission from Daktar: Diplomat in Bangladesh by Viggo Olsen with Jeanette Lockerbie, © 1973, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, Appendix A – pgs. 347-349.
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