Understanding the Perfect Will of God for Us

Understanding the Perfect Will of God for Us

The perfect will of God is the decreed, unchangeable, foreordained will that God has for us. It cannot be changed, neither can it be altered. This is the will of God that we are all called to allow to control our lives. The perfect will of God is not a walk in the park. It’s painful, the road is full of up hills and down hills but it is the best for us. In the end, it brings us joy and victory to our lives and glory to the name of God. This, as a child of God is the kind of will you must seek to live in. Your calling and your entire life must be controlled by God’s perfect will.

This is when you know what God wants from you and what He wants you to do. The only way out of this will is through submission and obedience. King David sinned against the Lord when he slept with Bathsheba and let her husband Uriah killed in battle. God became angry and He sent Nathan to the king to deliver a message. David was repentant and Nathan said,

“The Lord forgives you; you will not die. But because you have shown such contempt for the Lord in doing this, your child will die” (2 Samuel 12:13-14).

The child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David became sick and David decided to fast and pray about it but the child ended up dying. This was God’s perfect will. No matter how much we may negotiate with the Lord, no matter how much we may pray and fast and give towards changing the mind of God, His perfect will must prevail. No one can avert the perfect will of God. Only a transformed mind and a ‘new’ heart can totally surrender and submit to the perfect will of God. This is because we are able to understand that it’s not about us but God himself.

It was God’s perfect will for Jesus to die on the cross in order to save the world. It was painful for Him because He suffered so much but Jesus understood that He was not here for His own. He was in the world to fulfill the will of His Father in Heaven as He says in John 12:27;

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.”

His life was all about fulfilling God’s perfect will and Jesus was satisfied by just that. Watch this;

But he answered, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” So the disciples started asking among themselves, “Could somebody have brought him food?” “My food”, Jesus said to them, “Is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do” (John 4:32-34).

The perfect will of God is for the whole human race to get saved, He does not want any of us to die in sin. His perfect will is for us to live for Him and to have an intimate relationship with him. It is only through the word of God that we are able to know what He wants us to do.

The perfect will requires total submission and surrender, no matter how hard the situation may become. Jesus knew that the hour of suffering had come but He could not back out just at that time. He knew he will suffer at the hands of the Jewish authorities and He will end up dying on the cross but He surrendered;

“Father,” He said, “If you will, take this cup of suffering away from me, not my will however but your will be done” (Luke 22:42).

When it comes to God’s perfect will, there is nothing we can do about it. It cannot be averted. You must surrender and let God accomplish his divine purpose through you.

Understanding what God wants us to do will help us to embrace the whole thing knowing that God will do whatever He wants but it is always for the best. We may suffer and we are bound to suffer as long as we are in the world but when we know that God wants to teach us and bring the best out of us, we will embrace it and make the best use of the opportunity we have.

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like ignorant people, but like wise people. Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. Don’t be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do (Ephesians 5:15-17).

We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

About Ashlly Ruth

Ruth is a born again believer who loves Christ with passion. Writing is not just a hobby to her, it’s passion. Playing with words and putting them together to encourage, empower and teach humanity is her greatest purpose in life and she loves it. Visit her website for more info.


  1. I like your thoughts on the perfect will of God and that certainly is the sweetest spot. I think God sometimes allows us to be in the permissive will of God. This may not be our sweet spot, but hopefully is where we also keep asking for His guidance and thank Him for His mercy and grace.

  2. The world doesn’t understand the paradox of trusting God even when life is painful, that we are still in His perfect will. But you’re right. Thank you.

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