What is God’s Will and how can we know it? Once we have assented to the Truths of our Faith then we might well desire to live a life in complete obedience to God’s Holy Will. This would be a very intelligent action; especially since, in so doing, we would be cooperating in the salvation of our own souls. Such a decision would then be paramount to our eternal happiness. But the desire to actively pursue a holy and saintly life is often wrought with some confusion, primarily because at times we find ourselves unsure of what God’s Will truly is.
Holy Mother Church, which guards and contains the treasury of God’s revelation to man is not primarily dogmatic such as the case of Communist or Totalitarian regimes but based principally on the Loving relationship to a person – the Person of Christ. It is this Love that binds us together and garners our obedience to the Church (His Mystical Body on earth) and makes us as eager to obey Her Counsel, as to comply with the wishes of a loving father or mother. Our relationship with Christ comes first while our loving obedience follows naturally. We did not pick the teachings of the Church because She agrees with our own ideas. Instead, we formed a relationship with a Divine Person and became adopted children of His loving household. Therefore the dogmas of His Church (Her definitive teachings and counsels) are His definitive teachings and counsels and our greatest help in determining God’s Will; for who could refuse guidance from our Lord and God? The Church as a Mystical Bride faithfully teaches all that God has revealed and thus acts as Loving Mother to us all; guiding and helping us throughout our spiritual journey toward our heavenly home.
To know God’s Will is to know Him as He truly is: All-knowing, All-powerful, Ever-present, and Ever-existent. To this we add the Divine Attributes that have been revealed through Christ: His Love and Compassion, His Mercy, as well as His Divine Justice. It is Christ’s revelation that fills us with hope and makes God known as our Loving Father. It is to this fact that we now speak.
If we are eager to know everything concerning our earthly father (who he is, what he thinks, what he desires), then how much more effort should we set forth in order to discover these same things about our Heavenly Father? What expense in time and effort should be spared in order to gather this information? If we do no honor to our earthly fathers by neglecting such knowledge, then we certainly do no honor to our Father in Heaven by our complacency toward Him. We have a whole life to explore and deepen our knowledge of God and yet we often satisfy ourselves with the most meager knowledge and understanding available to us. We would never base a human marriage, one that may last 50 or 75 years on earth, on such skimpy knowledge – yet this is how we treat the Spouse of our souls, though our spiritual marriage is eternal.
It is not a matter of how smart and capable we are, for there is an inexhaustible supply for every mind and heart: Sacred Theology and the Catechism for some, Holy Scripture and Spiritual Reading for most, Devotions and Prayer for everyone. To increase our knowledge of God, according to our own talents and gifts, is the best method we have for knowing God’s Will; the better we know Him, the more we grow in Love of Him and thus come to know His Will.
What is God’s Holy Will? We have only a short lifetime to probe this immense treasure and the degree of our eternal happiness depends upon the depth of our Love for Him.