Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
A second way in which Christians often speak about God’s will is what may be described as God’s discerned will. So, there is a will of God that can be discerned. This is neither secret nor revealed, but somewhere in between. It is discerned.
All of us make life-changing decisions and we wrestle with life-changing questions: What college should I attend? Where should I live? Should I marry, and if so, who should I marry? What work should I pursue? What money should I spend? What should I save and what should I give? What church should I join? What responsibility should I take on my shoulders?
Every time you come to a fork in the road of your life, you will find yourself asking, What is God’s will? But there isn’t a verse in the Bible that tells you the answer to any of these questions. It is not revealed. On the other hand, the will of God in these things is not secret or unknowable either. What is good, acceptable, and perfect can be discerned.
How should we respond to God’s discerned will? Notice that we discern by testing, and testing involves our experience, the wisdom of others, the fruitfulness and effectiveness of things we attempt, open doors of opportunity, etc. So, here’s how you can pray when you are faced with a major decision: “Lord give me discernment, and may Your will be done.”
Perhaps you are in the middle of making a big decision right now. Ask the Lord to give you greater clarity and pray that His will be done.