When seeking God's will in a matter, I have suggested several questions to ask: 1. Is it Biblical? 2. Have you truly sought the Lord's will through prayer? 3. Are circumstances pointing in that direction? 4. Do Godly friends think it is a good idea? Today, I would like to address one final question to ask: Does it glorify God?
Glorifying God is our primary reason for existence. We can glorify Him in countless ways and indeed are called to glorify Him in all we do. The Bible says, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do. Do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) The Apostle Paul wrote these words within the context of addressing the Christian's freedom from Old Covenant dietary laws. His point was that when we consider our freedom and how it might cause other Christians to stumble we should consider a major question: Am I glorifying God? This simple question should govern all of life for the believer.
Whether you are wrestling with a major life decision, or trying to decide between routine and mundane issues, let the glory of God and the God of glory be your guide. Some decisions in life might seem to have very little to do with the glory of God. While other decisions clearly do. In both cases, we should at least consider all of our options and try to prayerfully discern which ones will glorify God and which ones will not.
Are you facing a decision in life today? Are you uncertain as to what you should do? Ask yourself these questions: 1. Is it Biblical? In other words, does the Bible forbid either explicitly or in principle what I'm considering? Or does the Bible expressly command me to do this? 2. Have I truly sought the Lord's will in prayer? And have I done this for an adequate amount of time? 3. Are life's circumstances pointing me in this direction? Since God is sovereign over all things, we can correctly assume that He can and does speak to us through our circumstances. 4. Have I sought advice from Godly Christians that I trust? Do they see this as a good idea? They may be right or they may be wrong, but seeking Godly counsel is never a bad idea. 5. Does this decision glorify God?
Considering these questions doesn't guarantee you will never make a mistake, but it will most certainly cut down on the amount of mistakes you will make. In the end, seek God's will and then do what you believe He's calling you to do. Relax and trust in God, knowing that even if you mess things up; He is big enough to even use your mistakes for His glory and to set you on the right path. To God be the glory great things He has done – yesterday, today, and forever.