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I was having a discussion earlier this evening about God’s will and how we know what to do in life. How we know the difference between God’s will, our own desires, and Satan’s tempting. How it gets all jumbled up and confusing sometimes.

What if we don’t do what we were meant to do, what if we don’t take the path that God purposed just for us? Not purposely, but what if we make a mistake, thinking His will was one thing when it was actually another?

How can a direction be so clear for some and so blurry for others?… Sometimes about the same thing, too!

What if you want one thing but you’re afraid to go for it because you don’t know if it’s God’s will or if it’s a distraction? If you take that leap of faith, do you think God will bless your decision, even if it isn’t what He’d wanted you to do? I really believe that, if we’re seeking Him and aiming to live our lives for Him, He is going to bless that decision.

I’m pretty sure Satan really doesn’t care what we do… he just wants us to do nothing at all. He wants to render us useless for God, to devour us and just get us out of the picture. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5:8, NIV

But I think he really couldn’t care less about what we actually do, so long as we’re not living in line with God’s will and the Bible.

Is there a possibility that there may actually be more than one right path to take — that any of a certain number of choices are within God’s will, and any one of them will please Him and fulfill His plan for your life?

If we’re delighting in Him in life, and truly looking to honor Him with what we do, He will give us the desires that are in our hearts. It’s in the Bible. See? “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.” ~ Psalm 37:4, NIV

No, that doesn’t mean He will give us everything we ever wanted and more. But it does mean that the more we learn to be delighted in Him, the more He will transform our hearts into the shape He created them to be. It means that we will desire exactly what He has for us.

I love these quotes… which I just this evening realized are actually sort of paraphrases of that verse in Psalms.

“For God does not create a longing or a hope without having a fulfilling reality ready for them…” ~ Isak Dinesen, in The Diver

“It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desire which He creates.” ~ Amy Carmichael

For someone who is honestly so conscious of wanting to obey God and do His will for their life.. I so think that what we want and what God wants will be the same thing. They are the same thing because that desire, that thing we want deep inside, is from Him, something He has placed in our hearts.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

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Please keep on praying for Jon and his family.. and catch up with his story if you haven’t already! 🙂