God Really Have a Roadmap for Your Life?
By Paula Marolewski
How to know God’s will is probably one of the most-studied
topics for Christians of all ages. It takes the form of the question: “How
do I know God’s will?” Whether we’re talking
about the broad scope of “God’s will for my life,” or
the smaller scale of “God’s will for me in this situation,” the
question is asked constantly. And, like all questions, it has innumerable
wrong answers, misunderstandings, and skewed viewpoints attached
One of the biggest myths about how to know God’s will is
the belief that the will of God is a roadmap. Here’s how
this looks in someone’s thoughts: “In this situation,
God’s will is either A or B. If his will is A, and I choose
A, then everything is fine. If I choose B, then I’m outside
of his will.”
We run into problems with this point of view, not on the little
scale, but on the big scale. For example, let’s say someone
holds this point of view. The logical argument looks like this:
- God’s will is a roadmap.
- Since God’s will is a roadmap, I am supposed to get from
point A to point B. The destination is the most important point.
- At every decision point in life, I have to make the right choice
in order to stay on the road.
- If I make a mistake, I get off the road.
The problem with this myth is found right here: if some mistakes
are uncorrectable and irreversible (i.e., they leave lasting consequences
and permanently alter the choices you will have in the future),
then you could make a mistake that could cause you to miss out
on ever arriving at “point B” on God’s roadmap
for your life. Therefore, if you assume that God’s will is
a roadmap, you’d better make sure you never make a mistake.
However, God knows that – whether through outright disobedience
or honest ignorance – we are going to blow it. We will make
mistakes, we will sin, and we will royally screw things up. Therefore,
we can make a deduction: since God knows we will blow it, yet he
does call us to know and do his will, his will has to be big enough
and full of enough grace to cope with the fact that we are going
to make some whopping sins and mistakes.
Where can we go with this? We see that the roadmap point of view
is insufficient. If it were true, we could never hope to “do
God’s will.” We’d step out of line, not once,
but many times, and lose the possibility forever.
But we know that we can do God’s will. We can live in his
- Ephesians 5:17 says, “So then, do not be foolish, but
understand what the will of the Lord is.”
- Romans 12:2 reminds us to “be transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that
which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
- Jesus himself summed it up when he said in Matthew 5:48, “You
are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
These verses give us a hint as to what God’s will is really
about – how we can transform the roadmap myth into something
true and right and good.
If we paraphrase the above verses, they would say, “To know
and do God’s will be wise ... sanctify your mind ... seek
good, acceptable, and perfect things ... be yourself sanctified
and holy ... live your life in imitation of Christ.”
Do you notice a word that’s missing? The word “choice.” It’s
not there. Instead, all the words are about who we are inside.
And that tells us something very key: God’s will is not so
much about choice as it is about character. What God wants most
is not that you “arrive” at point B (whether that is
a certain career, accomplishment, destination, etc.), but that
you become who he has called you to be.
So let’s destroy the myth that God’s will is a roadmap.
God’s will is not primarily about getting us from point A
to point B. It’s about becoming Christ-like. And that, at
its core, is a process. It’s daily life – step by step,
and day by day. We can therefore transform the myth into the truth:
the will of God is a journey.
As a journey, the will of God can cope with all the twists and
turns of life – good and bad, holy and sinful, wise and foolish.
Why? Because God has promised that he can use everything in our
lives for our good (Romans 8:28). Everything – nothing is
excluded. The person who loves God can be assured that he can know
and live God’s will – no matter what his past is, no
matter what sins he has to overcome, no matter how long the process
takes – because the will of God at its most basic level is
about becoming more like Christ every day.
© 2008 Paula Marolewski
Article Source: http://www.sinkyourroots.com
About the Author:
Paula J. Marolewski provides challenging
and interactive adult Bible studies
for individuals, Bible studies, small groups, and adult Sunday
School classes at Sink Your
above article is an excerpt from Debunking
the Myths about Knowing God's Will.