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What is God’s will?

We can spend a lot of time wondering what we should be doing in life. Should I work in academia or industry? Should I marry this guy or not? Should I stay at this church, or move to another one? Should I take this flat or that one?
These kind of decisions prompt us to think about them lots, talk to friends and family for advice, pray for guidance and inspiration - and perhaps worry about whether we are doing the right thing, or whether we are somehow going to mess up God's one perfect plan for our life, and be miserable ever after.
'Guidance and the Voice of God', (Tony Payne) and 'Just Do Something', (Kevin DeYoung) are Christian books with a common theme - the amount of time we spend worrying about what the right thing to do is, and how not to. I've found them both quite helpful in getting a sense of perspective, and reducing the amount I worry.
A key idea is "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom" (Psalm 111).
Or, in other words, to be wise is to know what the right thing to do is. And the first step is knowing God, trusting that he knows the right thing to do, and doing as he tells you. To pick one example: the Lord does not tell you which flat you should rent. The Bible does contain some advice (mostly in Proverbs) about being discerning and getting advice, but mostly God tells you to be a patient, kind, honest and uncomplaining tenant and housemate - to be holy.
And we might say, but this only helps us with the little decisions - the day-to-day business, and not the really important questions. But which is more important to God? That you
chose 'correctly' between a software job in Reading or a PhD in Oxford? Or that every day, you loved the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and loved your neighbour as yourself? In 50 years time, which one will have changed you more?
Liz Eden