My Father’s Business: 30 Inspirational Stories for Discerning and Doing God’s Will by Eddie Jones features Biblical insights and practical applications from the the lives of Jeremy Lin, Bruce Wilkerson, George S. Patton, Walt Disney, Jim Valvano, Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln, Colonial Sanders, and others with selected quotes from Oswald Chambers.
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas; 1 edition (Fall, 2012)
From the Introduction:
What does it mean to discern God’s will for your life? How can you hear His call? The word discernment comes from two Latin words: discernere (to perceive) and discretis (to separate). To discern God’s voice and will is to converse with Him. In both Hebrew and Greek, the word will means “to yearn.” When we say, “Lord, Your will be done,” we are asking God to infuse His deepest yearnings into our spirit and alter the circumstances of our life in order that we may grow. God sees beyond our past and knows our secret desires, even those desires yet to be born. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26, NIV).
As you seek to discern and do God’s will, ask the following questions:
- Will this course of action use my gifts, talents, and passions?
- How has my previous experience prepared me for this task?
- Will this new opportunity cause me to be more loving?
- Is this an expansion of my influence for God?
- Will I feel more fulfilled and have a greater sense of inner peace?
- Who will benefit from my actions?
- What will it cost me and my family?
- Is this a time-sensitive opportunity?
We often complicate the business of knowing God’s will, but His word is clear: “And You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV). Those who seek and ask, hear His voice. The following devotional stories illustrate how others have heard God’s call and heeded His voice. My prayer is that you, too, will learn to recognize God’s voice so that you will be able both to discern and to do His will.
The only reliable way to be truly guided by God is to assimilate the Word of God to your character. . . . Scripture reveals God’s will only if we allow His Holy Spirit to apply it to our circumstances. Oswald Chambers