But how much does the Bible really talk about us 'waiting' on His will.
For example, Paul on his 2nd missionary journey in Acts 16 seems to more just forge a path, and if God doesn't open doors... then he tries else where.
There is far more in the Bible about God's revealed will... yet thats not such a hot topic. But we qualify ourselves for the specifics by following the general I believe.
So what is God's revealed will for all of us? I believe that there are 4 things that God wills of each of us:
1) To be sanctified (ie. that we live according to God's standard... esp sexually).
Check out 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 & 1 Peter 2:15.
2) To be joyful always through continual prayer and thanksgiving.
Check out 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
3) That we be (daily) filled with the Holy Spirit.
Check out Ephesians 5:17 - 18
4) That all are saved (and therefore that I invest my life in sharing Jesus with others).
Check out Matthew 18:14 & 2 Peter 3:9
I have by no means made a comprehensive study on God's will... but I think what I have looked at thus far is worth thinking about.
Some questions for you to ponder:
- How often in your life has God directly revealed to you what 'step' you must take next? (what could that mean in the light of our discussion?)
- Do you think that God wants to lead your every step, or should we be taking initiative and looking for God's guidance as we move?
- What Biblical evidence do you have to support your thoughts?
- Why do you think that God chose these 4 things to be such a high priority for each of our lives?
- Aren't these 4 our biggest struggles generally?