Are you like me, always wondering if you are doing God’s Will, rather than your own? I want to do God’s Will. However, I sometimes wonder how much of a spin I place on any given task by inserting my own thoughts and feelings into the situation. When I’m not sure, but feel a sense of unease, I seek understanding.
How do I know, for sure, that what I do comports with God’s Will? I pray about it. I ask God for insight. He has this way of answering me through others, as well as through His Word in Scripture.
Understanding, as a virtue, can be defined as the desire to know God better, as well as His revelation of Truth. When you know someone, and come to love that someone, then you want to act in a way that pleases that someone, in this case, God. We have the capacity for understanding God and His workings, as well as the ability to apply that comprehension to our daily lives. It’s just a matter of tapping into it.
Tapping into Understanding
Here are some things that you can do to come to a better understanding of God; to love Him more, and ultimately follow His plan for you:
- Read the Bible and Church documents. It is in Sacred Scripture that we learn directly from God how He wants us to behave. There is no better guide, than God, Himself! Also, by reading Church documents, you receive the Wisdom found in Sacred Tradition, knowing that the Holy Spirit guided the creation of said documents. Therefore, you can trust what they state.
- Seek the counsel of the Holy Spirit. He will never steer you wrong. The Holy Spirit will only provide error-free guidance. How do you know that you are listening to the Holy Spirit’s direction? If your decision gives you inner peace, then you know you did the right thing. You did God’s Will.
- Apply knowledge; ask questions of clergy; use one’s reason; form opinions. God gifted you with an intellect and reason. Use them well.
- Spend time in prayer. Have a chat with God. There is no better way to get to know someone than to have a conversation. Make it a two-way chat. Be ready to listen! With listening comes understanding of His will for you.
So, the next time you want to know what God thinks, ask Him! Seek understanding, and then act accordingly to do God’s Will.
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