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Judging by my Duck-search results, nearly every single preacher, pastor, rabbi and priest in the country has at one time or another written a study guide or given a spoken teaching — either a sermon of the classical type or a podcast — addressing the discerning God’s will in our lives and the world. John Piper, Tony Evans, J.I. Packer, Henry Blackaby, Benjamin Nunez… the list is gigantic.
I’m quite sure that a lot of the material is both insightful and written with the most benevolent intentions, and some of these entries I have even read, watched or listened to. But, it seems to me they might just be overthinking the question. A couple of more important authorities stated it more succinctly. From the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 12:
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
See? Love God with all you are and even can be. Love your neighbor as yourself. That’s the will of God. Knowing it is that simple.
Or from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 28:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Once again: Knowing what God wants? Easy.
Or there’s this, ultimately from the same author:
The Prophet Micah, Chapter 6:
With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.
So, act justly, walk humbly with GOD — not without him — and love mercy.
This “knowing the will of God” thing? It’s easy. It’s doing the will of God that is hard.