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How Do I Find God’s Will?

John 7:17 November 2, 2010 B101102

If you checked in on how some of the most prominent and influential church leaders find God’s will—and encourage you to find it—you might be in for a surprise. Or maybe not . . .

John Eldridge hears from God through books and movies, but at other times God’s voice is apparently direct and audible. You can read all about it in his widely acclaimed book, Wild at Heart.

Bill Hybels reveals his secret to success in his recent book, The Power of a Whisper. Here’s a quote, “Without a hint of exaggeration, I can boldly declare that God’s low-volume whispers have saved me from a life of sure boredom and self-destruction.” He goes on to say, “I firmly believe that God whispers to you too. If you lower the ambient noise of your life and listen expectantly for those whispers of God, your ears will hear them. And when you follow their lead, your world will be rocked.”

Here’s the problem with those views: With constant appeals to adventure and excitement, they lure you away from the safety and certainty of Scripture, plunging you into a sea of subjectivism. It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. Exciting? Yes. Wild and adventurous? No doubt. But absolutely dangerous.

But does finding and following God’s will have to be that hard, and treacherous? John MacArthur says, absolutely not. Join him today as he introduces our new blog series, “Finding God’s Will.”


Now that you’ve heard John identify our only source for knowing God’s will, consider these questions:

  1. What are the dangers of relying on subjective impressions and intuition to determine God’s will?

  2. How does our attitude toward Scripture influence our view of knowing God’s will?