Read Psalm 25:8-11.

Perhaps there’s no question more frequently asked by believers than “Lord, what is Your will for my life?” We all want to know God’s plans for our days and our years, to understand His purposes. 

When we go through seasons of uncertainty or significant transition, the question only grows in intensity. We have all wanted to know what we should do in matters of relationships, work, and ministry. And then some even go through life feeling that they have missed out on God’s best for them—His perfect will for their life.

But God does not want us floundering in the turmoil of uncertainty and doubt. He does not want us paralyzed by fear; instead, He wants us to know His peace. And His peace will overwhelm your heart as you remember that our God is the God who overrules. When you think you have made a mistake, I pray that you will understand that the sovereign God can take even your mistakes and, in His economy, bring you to His perfect will—with just one requirement. To have peace as you seek to discern the Lord’s will for your life decisions, all you need to offer God is your willing obedience. He will take care of the rest.

Perhaps things aren’t turning out the way you imagined when you honestly sought to live in alignment with God’s will. When you develop willing obedience, you will not waste a second doubting God’s guidance or worrying about the next step. Here’s a Youssef translation of a powerful promise: “If anyone is willing to obey God’s will, that person will have discernment” (see John 7:17). As you seek to obey the Lord, He will be with you, leading, guiding, and shaping you. You can trust that He will honor your faith in His provision, love, and sovereignty.

I believe the Lord wants every one of His disciples to trust Him even when they don’t understand what’s going on. You can’t learn this kind of trust from a book or sermon. You can’t learn it from asking others, “What is God’s will for my life?” You can only learn ever deepening trust in God by practicing willing obedience and growing in understanding of His sovereignty, holiness, and pattern of guidance. For, He uses our circumstances to make us more aware of His love and presence in our lives and to strengthen and prepare us for what comes next. Remember: God is sovereign, so nothing happens that has not already passed through His gracious hands.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your guidance and grace. I want to follow You and humbly ask for Your wisdom and peace as I make decisions sincerely seeking Your will, which is that I be sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3). I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Psalm 25:9).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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