3 Steps To Being In The Right Place At The Right Time By Knowing God’s Will


I used to be so confused. I grew up going to church; and if you’ve been in church for very long…you’ve heard someone talk about God’s will for your life.
It seems that God’s will is the elusive, all encompassing thing that we have to find in our life or we are doomed to live a life devoid of meaning and purpose. It also seems like (if you listen to many speakers or sermons) God’s will is almost impossible to find. People, books, sermons, and nearly everything I’ve ever heard taught me that finding, or discovering God’s will was one of the most difficult things that I’d ever have to do in life.
There have been a few times where I’ve almost given up! With all the choices, decisions, and left curves that life throws at us, how’s a christian supposed to determine if this is God’s will or if that is God’s will? Is God sneaky? Is He trying to hide something so important, so valuable, so necessary, from us?
Many people talk and seem to believe that God has a will…has a plan for our life…but it’s just outside of arms reach and we have to struggle to find it…I used to be one of those people, but no longer!
As I see it, God’s will should be easy for us to find. I mean if I’m a believer, God is my father, right? A good father never tries to set up His kids for failure, or makes them second guess whether they’ve done right or wrong.

I believe God wants us to find His will.

In fact, I believe that He wants us to know His will for our life much more than even we want to know it.

Here are three steps to discover God’s will for your life. Three steps to being in the right place, at the right time.

1.) Stop asking God to tell you His will for your life.

This seems unthinkable. This seems wrong…but…
Scripture says that we are supposed to “live by faith”. Isn’t living by faith defined as not knowing all the details? If we really are going to take scripture for face value and live by faith, not by sight, then there is no way that God is going to reveal everything to us. Which leads us to step number two…

2.) Start asking God where you can be obedient today.

If you look through the pages of scripture, you see characters that had no idea what their tomorrow had in store for them. What they did know, however, was what God expected of them in their “today“. God has this ability to reveal our life to us step by step. We want to know the whole picture, so that all fear of the unknown is gone. God doesn’t necessarily want to show us the whole picture. He wants to tell us the next step  in the process. Maybe God is looking for us to be faithful in the daily routines of life. Maybe He wants to know if we are willing to follow Him a step at a time if need be. I believe with all my heart that God is going to reveal His will for my life today. If I am faithful to follow after, and be obedient to what God shows me about today, He will lead me into tomorrow setup to succeed. This leads us to step number three…

3.) Trust God with everything else.

This is the hard part. We will never know  everything about the future. God simply asks us to trust Him. That means we have to live our lives content to believe that God has everything under control. Sometimes that means jumping into the deep end of the pool, trusting that “dad” is there to catch us if we start to go under. Here’s the deal, we want to know God’s will. Usually the reason is to make our life easier on us. God wants to reveal His will step by step so that we are more intent on following Him. One scripture says that we are to “be still” and know that He is God. You can’t do that unless you trust Him.

I learned a long time ago that God loves me too much to put me out on a limb without being there, ready to catch me if it breaks. I’ve also learned that sometimes in life we are going to find ourselves out on a limb that breaks. Trust is knowing that God is there, underneath me.
What do you think? Are you ready to live a life of simple obedience daily? Are you ready to end up in the right place at the right time? Follow Jesus everyday, and as long as you are where He is, you know you are where you need to be!

I’d love to hear from you! Leave your comments in the box below.

Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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  1. I struggled with this for a long time, nearly my whole life and as you said, it has seemed just out of reach, until, one day I was praying and three things where laid on my heart. I wrote them down and look at them from time to time. They are 1) pray. Talk to God. Ask what He expects of you. 2) listen to what He has to say 3) Simply DO what you are told. These steps, being very similar to what you discussed, have made finding God’s purpose for my life much easier. Kinda like doing chores around the house, you finish one thing then go back to mom or dad and ask, What next? It should be no different in our spiritual walk. Just continue to do what is asked and before you know it, God is doing some great things in you and through you! Great stuff!