The apostle Paul says of God, “How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways. For who has known the mind of the Lord?” A couple verses later, he says, “You may discern what is the will of God.” He says, It is impossible to grasp or understand the mind of God. Then he says, And you will learn it.

We already know, from elsewhere in Scripture, the biggest, widest dimensions of God’s will for us — what he has revealed in his word. Paul says, “This is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4:3).

His will is for you to become more and more like Christ. And then in the next chapter, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18). God’s will is for you to rejoice always, not every now and then, and to pray persistently about everything, and to give thanks in the midst of anything, no matter how hard.

The apostle Peter also says, “This is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people” (1 Peter 2:15). God’s will for you is to do the kind of good, with his help and strength, that the world cannot deny or shame.

We know more of God’s will than we often realize, but there is so much more — infinitely more — that we do not know yet (his “secret will”), and some things we may never fully grasp. Even heaven will not feel like the end of our journey into his will; it will feel like the sinless, liberated beginning of a never-ending exploration into his mind and heart.

So what do we do with what we do not know now?

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