As you enjoy your spring break this year, we thought this would be a good time to review some of the things that took place at last year’s iGo Conference. The iGo Conference is a weekend in the fall that we set aside to go deeper into the Word as we help students live on mission. Back in November we focused our conference on the idea of Align. Knowing and doing the will of God is always on the minds of students, therefore, we wanted to dig down and see what the Bible has to say about finding God’s will.
Ky Martin closed out the conference on Saturday evening with a message focused on the specifics of discerning God’s will. He gave us a Biblical picture of how we make decisions in accordance with God’s will, especially when we don’t have a clear “word from the Lord.”
He started the message with a look at the story of Gideon from the book of Judges. Ky explained that Gideon’s lack of faith, cowardice, wanting multiple signs from God, and his overall hesitation provide a negative example when it comes to discerning God’s will. Gideon had plenty of green lights to trust and follow God’s will, but he continually doubted and wanted more signs. And too many times, we act just like him.
Instead, we should look closely at the way the apostles and disciples discerned God’s will in the New Testament, especially the book of Acts. One of the phrases that you see them use is, “It seemed good to us.” As they sought to follow God on mission in their world, they moved in directions that seemed good to them. So when you come to a decision sometimes the way to go is the way that seems good to you. If there is nothing against it in God’s word and you don’t get push back from His church, then do what seems good to you.
This is a general principle for all those decisions that so easily paralyze us. Should I go to this college or that one? Should I marry this girl or not? Should I major in this or that? Should I work here or there? As long as your decision doesn’t go against something spelled out in the Bible, and as long as God’s people don’t object, then go to college where it seems good to you. Take the job you want to take. Choose a career path that brings you joy and fulfillment.
The focus of this approach is for you to be primarily concerned about becoming the man or woman of God that He desires. When you are walking in God’s revealed will and pursuing Him with your whole heart, the details of where and how and with whom will fall into place.
In the end, the will of God is not mysterious. The will of God is not revealed as you wait for a special sign from Him. The will of God is found as you ask God for wisdom to move in directions that seem good to you. Instead of sitting and waiting, the challenge is to just do something.
There is so much more to this message than I can include in this summary. Go to our podcast on iTunes and get the entire message by Ky here.
What are some ways that this message frees you up as you pursue God’s will?