Discerning God's will for our lives is a tricky subject. For Christians trying to understand what God would have us do when it comes to making the major decisions in our life, whether in relationships, career, or planning for our future, is a difficult topic. Certainly the bible has nothing to tell us about who specifically we should marry or whether we should take the job in Dallas or New York City. However, Swindoll argues that while God's will is mysterious, it is not opaque. Regardless of what happens to us, for better or for worse, we can build a strong foundation for our lives on the truth that God loves us, is with us, and will never abandon us. In the darkest of nights and in those periods of uncertainty about which direction we should move in, Swindoll exhorts us to
- Wait and persevere with a confident faith
- Face all trials with a submissive humility with a constant focus on prayer
- Find rest in our sovereign God and trust in His plan
- Remember that we are being conformed to the image of Christ through our trials.