How Do I Know If I’m in God’s Perfect Will?

How Do I Know If I’m in God’s Perfect Will?


I was talking with a very serious young man recently. He asked a question I hear a lot:

“How do I know God’s will for my life?”

That’s a question I think everyone should ask. I could relate to that guy’s somberness about the question because I’ve been there at multiple points. Sometimes it would make me downright frustrated.

After several years of wrestling and thrashing about with that question I’ve finally decided I agree with something St. Augustine said hundreds of years ago:

Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved.

Is it too bold for me to say that it seems God doesn’t care what you do with your life as much as he cares who you become?

I think we focus too much on what we will do with our lives. God seems more concerned about what’s going on inside of us. What we do isn’t really that important, as long as we are becoming more like him in the process.

Paul says it this way: …Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Phil.2:12) When you accept Christ your spirit is saved. Then begins the slow painful process of becoming more like Jesus. That’s the salvation Paul is talking about. That one has to be worked out whatever season or job you are in. That’s the important thing.

The road to salvation is straight and narrow. The only way in is Jesus. But once you are in the gate the world is full of possibilities. King David says, and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. (Ps. 119:45)

There are times when God gives people a specific calling to do something. But most people I know that got that specific call know it. There’s no doubt. If you haven’t heard anything specific from him it seems like he just opens the doors and says, “Hey. Go run free! Just keep your eyes on me.”

It’s good to ask God’s will for your life. But don’t over-think it. Just love God and go after him with all you have. Whether that’s raising kids, flipping burgers or governing a country in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Pr. 3:6)

The chief aim of God’s order is to give room for good things to run wild. – G.K. Chesterton