In the 1990’s, there was a huge emphasis on journaling where I lived in New England. It wasn’t that this was a new thing. It was simply in vogue at the time. The men’s group I was part of insisted that I begin journaling. This is what everyone was doing, so I had to do it too. I didn’t want to journal, never have, but the pressure from my group was overwhelming, so I relented. I started a journal.

I never journaled daily, but I would make several entries a week. This eventually dropped off to several entries a month. I kept this up for over four years, and then I quit. I had moved to North Carolina, far away from my men’s group, whom I had decided only wanted the best for me. It’s just that the “control freak” approach never really resonated with me.

Years passed before, one day, I ran across my dust-covered journal. I did an unusual thing. I picked it up and started reading—all if it—over four years of entries, which was a lot. As I progressed through it, a pattern emerged. I was stunned at how consistently wrong I was about the will of God.

I would typically write something like, “Lord, thank You and praise You that You’ve done A, B, and C. Surely You will do D.”

He never did. D never happened. You see, the mind is a very tricky thing.

So how exactly do we confidently discern God’s will? How does He communicate it? Is it supposed to be difficult, like searching for buried treasure with a woefully inadequate map?

In part 2, I’ll explore what I’ve concluded about how to find God’s will, but also why it is critical to do so.

Spoiler Alert: It’s not as hard as you think.