King David compares discernment with waiting and hope in the passage below. From a secular standpoint, discernment is the ability to judge well. However, from a biblical context, discernment is perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding. As a former high school teacher, it took me a few years to learn how to read a classroom. Discerning God’s will for your future requires concentration, focus, and patience to wait on the Lord.
[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! 14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord, Psalm 27:13-14.
Meanwhile, the apostle Paul refers to God’s will as spiritual maturation. This process occurs as believers draw near to God in worship and prayer. Similar to the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, a living sacrifice includes hungering and thirsting for righteousness. Anyone who makes this their priority won’t be persuaded by a world seeking to follow what’s politically and socially correct. As minds are renewed by God’s Word, discerning God’s will for your life in 2023 becomes attainable.
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you], Romans 12:1-2.
Advice to Christians in Galatia points to an internal struggle in Galatians 5:16-25. Paul provides a similar analogy in Romans 8:5-8 as sinful natures are in direct conflict with God’s Holy Spirit. If you want to discern God’s specific will for you in 2023, keeping in step with the God’s Spirit is essential, Galatians 5:25. The more time you spend meditating on the Bible and listening to spirit filled Christian music, keeping in step with God is possible. Once minds become in tune with God, clarity and discernment will follow. May this blog help you be and do what God desires, Philippians 1:6.
by Jay Mankus