[Note: This article was written as part of a challenge that a friend in Christ made with me. We were each to write a 600 word essay arguing the othe person’s viewpoint on a matter. One of us argued that God always has a specific will in every matter and the other argued that God gives us a variety of choices. The other article can be found here.]
Anyone who seeks to know and obey God inevitably asks the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” Inherently within this question is a presumption that God has an opinion (or will) in every matter of our life that is specific? Can we believe that God has a direction He wants his children to take in every area of life and that He has a desired choice and outcome?
Here are six scriptural reasons to believe God has a specific and perfect will for us in any given situation.
God cares about the details of our life
Jesus taught that the Father is interested in the details of our lives. He said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:29-30) God is interested in the smallest details of our lives, even the number of hairs on our very head. To say God does not have a specific will would be to neglect his care for such details.
God is not double-minded
By nature, God is decisive. “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19) God has a singular focus and mind and His word teaches that being double-minded is a sin. (James 1:8) If God has a singular focus and intent, then we can understand He does have a will in every situation.
Jesus taught us to be committed
Not only is God resolute in his decision making, he teaches us to be likewise. Jesus in his famous teaching of the Sermon on the Mount said, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37) No where do we see God telling us that the answer is a “maybe”. Jesus specifically taught that we need to be resolute in our decision making and that wavering one way or another can actually be demonic!
God calls us to complete submission
To submit one’s life to God brings with it the idea that God has a plan, a purpose and a direction for us. Otherwise, submitting our lives to God would look no different than simply living under our own rule. The Bible teaches that even our very thoughts are to be held in submission to Christ’s obedience. (2 Corinthians 10:5) If Christ is to be Lord even over our thought life, how much more over our choices?
God’s promise to lead us is not circumstantial
The Lord promises to guide us at all times. “The LORD will guide you always” (Isaiah 58:11a) “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8) God has even given us His Holy Spirit to “guide (us) into all the truth.” (John 16:13) It is the nature of the Lord to guide his children as a shepherd guides his sheep. (Psalm 23)
The Bible repeatedly encourages us to seek God’s will
The Scriptures teach us to continually seek God’s will. In fact, to not do so is considered foolish. “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:17) To believe God does not have a specific will for us at all times contradicts with his command to seek Him and His will. From these six reasons we can clearly conclude that God has a specific will for every detail of our lives. It is our responsibility to seek his will diligently at all times.
Read the other opinion of this story: 4 Reasons to Believe God’s Will Has Multiple Options
The below YouTube, “Arguing the Other Side” tells more of the story about the challenge between my friend and I.