One of the most common, and yet most puzzling, questions people ask concerns God’s will for their lives. Is it God’s will for me to get married? Is it God’s will for me to marry Susan? Is it God’s will for me to stay married to Susan even though she’s mean? Is it God’s will for me to continue paying Susan child support even though she spends it on cigarettes? Is it God’s will for Susan to mysteriously disappear?
We have this impression that God’s will is very, very specific and that if we deviate from it we will somehow be cursed. But I suspect that we also want to know whether or not something is “God’s will” because then we bear no responsibility for it.
Most of the time we know exactly what God wants; we just need strength to do it. That strength is found in prayer.
God’s will is never that you should avoid difficulty for the sake of your comfort. God’s will is never that you should defy scripture in order to make life easier.