There seems to be a great emphasis for people to "find" God's will or "discover" His will for their lives. However, Paul used another term that I think gives more light to the idea of finding what God wants for our lives. In Ephesians 5:17 he says, "do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is."
How many of us can say that we not only know God's will, but that we understand His will for our lives? Psalms 103:7 puts it this way, "He made known His ways to Moses and His acts to the Children of Israel." That means Israel saw what God was doing, but Moses knew why God was doing it! Moses had that understanding of why God makes the decisions He does. I believe this is what Ephesians 5:17 is teaching us. We have the opportunity of not only knowing what God is doing in our lives, but why He is doing it!
Why is it important that we understand God's will? I think because many of you may know what God wants you to do but you don't understand why He is calling you to a certain tasks, so it goes undone. Understanding why God has called you to do something releases that confidence to accomplish the things God is putting within your heart to do!
2 Timothy 1:7 says God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind! It's with this sound mind that we understand God's will for our lives and not continue wrestling with feelings of inadequacy or inability. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God, prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” So if there is fear in what God has called you too, then where is that fear coming from? It certainly isn’t coming from the Lord! You can overcome that fear with the understanding that God has equipped you for what He has called you too before the foundation of the world!
In summarizing, why we need to understand God's will? Ephesians 5:16 tells us, "redeeming the time because the days are evil." Redeeming the time means, "Making the most of every opportunity." Only if you understand God's will can you make the most of it!
Are you seizing every opportunity to win this culture to Christ? Has the world ever seen evil as it is with our generation? May we Christians begin understanding God's will for our lives and churches and we will not be swept away with our culture. Rather, we will engage our culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we walk in the “good works” we are called to in Christ.