How to know God’s will for your life

God has already given us enough signs to know His will for our lives.
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Whenever we feel lost or whenever we need to make big decisions, we often ask, “What is God’s will for my life?”

Then, we ask God for signs in order for us to be sure, to be certain, that we are on the right path.

In today’s Gospel reading, the Pharisees argued with Jesus and sought a sign from heaven. 

After all the miracles He has performed, after all His teachings of love and repentance, after all His healings, they still demanded signs from Jesus. Jesus was probably distraught about their lack of faith even after all His works. Are they still not enough in order for the Pharisees to believe?

“He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, ‘Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.’” — Mark 8:12

In discerning God’s will for our lives, I also think that God has already given us enough signs to know whether or not we are on the right path.

We don’t need any other miraculous signs in order to know His will for us. We don’t even need other people’s validation or approval.

We only need to make sure that we answer “yes” to each of the following:

  • Will it help me love and serve God more?
  • Will it help me love and serve my neighbors more?
  • Will it allow me to follow all of God’s commandments?

If all of your answers are yeses then I believe that you are on the right track. 

God has given us the freedom to live our lives the way we want as long as we seek Him first above all, we love our neighbors like ourselves, and we follow all of His commandments.

What other signs are you seeking?

 

P.S. Give credit where credit is due. I learned the third bullet point from my wife. Because we may still think we are following God or becoming closer to Him even when we are doing something intrinsically wrong. For instance, I already shared countless times how I struggled with pornography. Every time I fell into that sin, I went to confession and prayed a lot more. In a way, I could have argued that I became more prayerful and I sought God more, especially His help. But, it still did not follow His commandments, especially this one: “But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:8) If we really love God, then we should obey His commandments, even if it means dying to ourselves or our desires. “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 15:22)