John 7:17 (ESV) If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
What is God’s will? Is it a feeling? Is it an action? Is it a secret that we don’t find out until later in life? Do we have four doors open before us and play “eenie-meenie-minie-mo” hoping God’s will is behind the one we picked? Well, none of those really describes God’s will to us. The first thing we need to know about God’s will is that it’s the will of God. So in order to know God’s will, we have to know Him. He’s not a genie that pops out if we rub the lamp the right way; or the fortune teller who demands a fee for “guidance.” No, God is not clueless. He knows how dumb we are without guidance, which is why He has given us His will in His word: the Bible. He’s written it down for us in Scripture. You don’t have to pray hard and ask God to give you the right “feeling” about where to go to school. Rather, you go to the one that makes sense, because you read God’s word and know what pleases God. God’s word is important for everything in life, and everything in your Christian walk (see 2 Peter 1).
We are told something very important in Deuteronomy 29:29:
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
If God has revealed something, it’s for us to know and take practice of in our own lives. He has revealed Himself in nature, so clearly we know God is a Creator. You don’t need a feeling to understand that. He tells us in His word that what is written is a “testimony”, so it tells us something important about what He has done. And we understand in His word that everything we need is in it. Why then should you try so hard? Go to His word! Look for answers. Dig for gold, not dirt. Mine for the diamonds, and swim for the lurking treasures; seek after eternal truths, not the temporary lies of this world.
On the other hand, God always has kept things secret that we can never know about while on this earth. He reveals to us the mysteries, but not every single one. Trust that He knows what’s best, and learn from His word. And when life seems hard, trust that He’s designed it for the best.