John Piper Explains How to Find God’s Will, 6 Ways to Discern


(Screenshot: John Piper speaks during the MLK50 Conference in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 2018.

Discerning the will of God and His calling on one’s life means yielding to a divine process, John Piper says.

In an episode of Ask Pastor John this week, the Reformed theologian and Desiring God founder responded to a college junior who was struggling to find God’s will for her life, not knowing what to do other than pray.

Piper explained that for the Christian it is important to know how they are called.

“First, there is a kind of calling that God speaks when we are dead in sins — that calling which brings us out of deadness into life in union with Christ. This is the calling Paul comments on when he says, ‘For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God,'” he said, quoting 1 Corinthians 1:22–24.

“Second, there is another kind of calling that we have in lifelong covenants that we make under God. The main one that the Bible ordains is the covenant of marriage. When God joins two people together in covenant — mainly on the analogy of Christ and his covenant with the church in Ephesians 5 — when God joins a man and a woman like that, then Jesus said that God has joined them together in such a way that no man may put this asunder,” he added, referencing Mark 10:9.

But following God and finding His will involves a process, he went on to say, offering six steps.

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