The things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29
A third way we speak about God’s will is sometimes described as God’s revealed will. God’s revealed will is found in the Bible.
The will of God for us today is revealed in the Great Commandment: It is God’s will that we love the Lord with all our hearts and that we love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). The will of God for us today is also revealed in the Great Commission: It is God’s will that we go and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19).
The will of God for us today includes the Ten Commandments: God’s will is that we should not commit adultery, even in our hearts. God’s will is that we should be content. God’s will is that we should tell the truth. God’s will is that we should have no other gods before Him.
God’s revealed will should always be our first concern. God will not hold us accountable for what He has kept secret. But He will hold us accountable for what He has revealed. Did you pursue love? Did you pursue making disciples? Did you pursue a holy life?
When you find yourself saying, “I just need to find God’s will,” remind yourself that God’s will is that you should live as He has described in the Bible. As for the rest, make the wisest and most informed decision you can.
How should we respond to God’s revealed will? We do not come to what God has revealed in the Bible and say, “What do other people think? How does this fit with my own experience?” Here’s how you pray when God’s revealed will and your desires pull in different directions: “Lord, help me to obey you. Your will be done.”
What is one thing God has revealed in the Bible that you can do today?