How would you describe the process of discovering God's will? Would you call it . . .
Fantasy ("I do not believe God has a plan for specific areas of my life")?
Mystery ("God has a plan, but it is so hard to figure out")?
Biography ("I know Scripture reveals who God is and what His plans are, but at times I get confused")?
Let's look at some of the reasons that we might miss God's will.
• Handling God's Word improperly. When our days become jam-packed with commitments and activities, we have trouble maintaining a steady intake of Scripture. Without significant time in the Word, we tend to forget what matters to God. When we start mixing the world's lies with the Father's truth, we will step out of His plan. Other times we will incorrectly use Scripture to bolster decisions we have already made. Or, when the Bible does not match what we want, we might reject it and do things our own way.
• Picking the wrong guide. When making decisions, we sometimes rely too heavily on other peoples' opinions. We think that the easiest and quickest way to get answers is to ask fellow Christians or unbelievers who seem "wise." In other instances, we use our friends' lifestyle as a yardstick for God's will: we decide that if they can act a certain way, so can we. Or we might assume that if our way is better than their choices, God will approve.
Making Scripture your daily companion is the best way not to miss God's plan. Be prepared to spend time reading and listening while the Spirit teaches you what God's will is for your life.