Tuesday, May 4

Finding God's Will for Your Life in 3 Easy Steps

1. Learn how to do inductive Bible study. There are several different books describing methods, and my hunch is that almost any of them will work.

2. Start studying the Bible, book by book. One of the simpler and shorter books, like Philippians, would be a good place to start. When you run out of books to study, start over again.

3. Apply what you learn in your study to your own life. When you come to the place in Philippians 1, for instance, where Paul prays for the Philippians church, see how you can follow Paul's example in your own life and your own circumstances. Then do it.

There you go. It's as easy as that.

Yes, I know you think I'm not being entirely serious, and I am having a little fun, perhaps over simplifying things just a bit, but I'm also dead serious.

Of course, that's a whole lot simpler, but at the same time a whole lot more difficult to put into action than what you might learn in some of the books written on finding God's will for your life. If you keep on working on doing those three things, however, I think you will find that most of the rest of the God's will questions begin to take care of themselves. No, that's not quite right--they don't take care of themselves, but God takes care of them for you. Being the sort of person God wants us to be is our responsibility; exactly where we fit into God's perfect plan is His.