First you find God’s perfect will in the Scriptures. While God may not speak to every situation, He gives biblical principles to guide your life so that you may carry out His will. On other occasions God gives you the example of godly people in the Bible or teaches you from the Word of God how to be changed into the image of Christ. Biblical principles help guide you to find His perfect will.
Second, the will of God is found through prayer. You must pray and ask God to lead you to His perfect will. But at the same time, you must also accept what He brings into your life. Not every prayer you pray will help you find the will of God, but you cannot find it without prayer.
Third, you find the will of God in yieldedness. Some people are rebellious toward God, so He does not show them His will because they are not willing to do it. God tells us, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom.
12:1–2 KJV). If you are not yielded to God, He will not show you His will; therefore, you have no chance to do it. If you had a friend who would not do what you told him to do, would you waste your time giving your friend your advice or counsel? No! Neither does God show His will to His children who are unyielded. You cannot find God’s will without yielding to His will.
Fourth, you find God’s perfect will through the spiritual gifts that have been given to you. We all have spiritual gifts, special abilities to help us serve God. God’s perfect will is for you to use the combination of spiritual gifts He has given you, in the best possible way, for the best possible results. You cannot be in the will of God if you ignore the spiritual gifts given to you or try to use gifts you don’t have.
Fifth, you will find the will of God in talking with godly people (Prov. 11:14). While an individual Christian may lead you astray, look to the counsel of many mature Christian friends who love you, know the Word of God, and want the best for you. These are the ones who can help you find God’s will. However, remember that all parties can agree but still be wrong. (The consensus at one time was that the world was flat!) Everyone but Paul wanted to abandon the ship, but Paul understood what the will of God was concerning the physical safety of those aboard the ship (Acts 27).
Finally, God’s will is found through circumstances. To understand His will for you, look where God has placed you in life. If you are born to African parents in the heart of Africa, God’s will for you is not to live in China, nor to be raised like a Russian. You should be raised like an African to live as best you can in Africa to glorify God. Therefore, in finding the future will of God for your life, look in the rearview mirror. What God has done for you in the past is predictive of how He wants you to live in the future. — Elmer Towns, Bible Answers for Almost All Your Questions (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2003).