Bible and Theology
The Will of God
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jan 4, 2017
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?


Sometimes as Christians we allow ourselves to become obsessed with discerning God's will. We pour over the fine details, examining every possible option, worried that one wrong step will send us out of God's favor. We doubt past decisions that did not turn out the way we had hoped. We doubt our ability to discern God's will. We waste time regretting and worrying.

Instead of obsessing over our choices, we should focus on our complete willingness to obey the will of God when He shows it to us. We need to first be in a place of submission before God, willing to follow wherever He leads.

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Instead of obsessing over our choices, we should focus on our complete willingness to obey the will of God.

We build that type of obedience by spending regular time with God in prayer and in His Word. The psalmist declared, "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way" (Psalm 25:9). If we focus on humbly obeying God, we can trust that He will guide us on the right paths. 

For many Christians, this is easier said than done. In theory, we all claim to want to be obedient to God, but in reality, we hold on to our own plans. We are willing to accept God's will for us when it suits us, but we balk when He points in a direction outside of our comfort zones. We pray for Him to show us His will, secretly hoping it will be something we desire. We claim obedience, but remain latched on to our own wants.

Sometimes God's plans for us do not make sense. Sometimes they are uncomfortable or even painful. But if we truly walk in obedience to God, we will find contentment whatever circumstances He may bring. We can rejoice even in the times of teaching, training, and testing. We can trust that even if we make a misstep, our sovereign God can lead us back into His will.

Prayer: Father, help me to humbly submit to You today and to walk in obedience, even when what You say doesn't make sense to me or takes me out of my comfort zone. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).