Top 10 Posts on Discerning God’s Will

Urbana is an experience that helps you find answers to the biggest questions you’ve got. If you’re still on the fence about registering, take a look at these Questions Urbana Helps You Answer.

But, my guess (and I’m no mind reader here), is that your biggest question is regarding God’s will for your life. Good news: we’ve got a whole section on this site about that! Here are my favorite posts:


I have yet to come across a more succinct and helpful resource on how you can know God’s will. And it’s actually the most read post on of all time.

hand house heart

Another great piece, but through a different set of questions. Namely: What’s in your hand? What’s in your house? What’s in your heart?

Fair warning: Stop here if you don’t want it to get complicated.

walking up steps

If you’re anything like me, you want to know God’s will because the uncertainty of the future is too much to bear. You want to know God’s will not so much because you’re keen on being in it (though that’s part of it), but because you want to have your life figured out stop worrying about it. You don’t want to waste time, money, or heartbreak going down a path that God is going to call you away from when he’s had enough of your dilly-dallying. Okay, so I don’t really think that’s how God works. But if you understand the sentiment, this post is for you.


This one comes from Gordon T. Smith, the author of the great book on vocation Courage and Calling. In fact, this post is an excerpt from that book where he talks about the three temptations which trip us up as we try to figure out what our vocation might be. As you discern God’s call on your life, check yourself against these three temptations.

oranges on the tree

Here’s where I want to encourage you to shift your understanding of calling a bit. Yes, God probably has some opinions about your vocation. But let’s not get into the details at the expense of the big picture. God’s call for us—each of us, all of us—is that “we receive and live the love of God for us and for the world,” as Mark Labberton says in his book Called, from which this post has been adapted.

waiting room chairs

OK, so now you’re on a good path, headed toward some solid vocational discernment. You might be on that path for a while before you know God’s will for you in this present moment. It’s not comfortable to be there, but it is okay to be there. There are several good things about being in this liminal space and a lot of good that can happen here.

migrating birds

What is obedience when you don’t have clear direction? Obedience without Clarity offers some sublime advice from someone who’s been there. (Hint: It involves trust.)

portal to island

Another great testimony about being in that in-between place. This one is written by the spouse of someone called into business as mission. If your spouse's calling causes some friction between you, this post is for you.

you are here and here

And sometimes—perhaps even all the time—the journey of discernment is the very means God uses to sanctify and redeem us. For Abraham and Molly (not their real names), part of that journey involved coming to find their identity in Christ, not their calling. Read and heed.

Michelle Kao and child

The last post I’ll recommend to you is another many have found enjoyable and helpful. It’s Michelle Kao’s story about getting involved with God’s global mission.


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