What the Bible Says about How to Know God's Will

By Wayne Grudem

What the Bible Says about How to Know God's Will

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What the Bible Says about How to Know God's Will

By Wayne Grudem

At some point, every Christian wonders, What is God’s will for me in this situation? There are many situations for which Scripture doesn't provide a black-and-white answer. In this book, adapted from his larger work Christian Ethics, Wayne Grudem helps readers stop overcomplicating God’s will and instead embrace the different ways they acquire wisdom for daily life. He lays out guidelines for making decisions both big and small. After looking at the 4 dimensions of every action (the action itself, attitudes, motives, and results), Grudem works through 9 sources of information and guidance, both objective (information from the Bible, information from studying the situation, information about ourselves, advice from others, changed circumstances) and subjective (the conscience, the heart, the human spirit, and the Holy Spirit). Readers will gain insight into how to make the right decisions about situations that arise in their lives.


Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for twenty years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and the author of over twenty-five books. 



Format: Paperback
Case Quantity: 10
Page Count: 80
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6990-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6990-6
Size: 5.0” x 7.0”
Weight: 5.0 ounces
Published: April 28, 2020

Table of Contents

  1. Decisions Can Be Quick or Drawn-Out, and Can Involve Major Events or Small Daily Activities
  2. Four Dimensions of Every Action
    1. The Action Itself
    2. The Person's Attitudes about the Action
    3. The Person's Motives for Doing the Action
    4. The Results of the Action
    5. Most Actions Contain a Mix of Different Attitudes, Motives, and Results
  3. Nine Sources of Information and Guidance
    1. Information from the Bible
    2. Information from Studying the Situation
    3. Information about Oneself
    4. Advice from Others
    5. Changed Circumstances
    6. Conscience
    7. Heart
    8. A Person's Human Spirit
    9. Guidance from the Holy Spirit
    10. We Can Perceive Subjective Factors in Guidance Separately or in Combination
    11. Objection: "Subjective Impressions Can Mislead People"
  4. The Danger of Making this Process Too Complicated
  5. Acquiring Wisdom: The Personal Skill Necessary for Ethical Living
    1. Wisdom Comes from God
    2. Wisdom Comes from Scripture
    3. Wisdom Comes with a Fear of God
    4. Wisdom Comes with Faith
    5. Wisdom Comes with Knowledge
    6. Wisdom Comes with Obedience to God
    7. Wisdom Comes with Accepting Counsel from Others
    8. Wisdom Comes with Humility
    9. Wisdom Brings Joy

Appendix: A Response to Garry Friesen’s Book Decision Making and the Will of God

Questions for Personal Application


“Besides its straightforwardness, clarity, and grounding in Scripture, what I like most about this book is its practicality. By following its counsel and being led by the Holy Spirit, Christians will be well equipped to discern and commit to God’s will for their lives!”
Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Pastor, Sojourn Community Church; author, Sojourners and Strangers; Roman Catholic Theology and Practice; and Historical Theology

“In my forty-five years of pastoral ministry, there is one question that I’ve been asked more than any other: How might I know God’s will? That is why I’m so happy to recommend Grudem’s short treatment of this topic. His analysis is not only thoroughly biblical but also incredibly practical and easy to grasp. So whether you are a seasoned believer or a young Christian, were you to ask me that all-too-familiar question, I would send you to this book. I highly recommend it!”
Sam Storms, Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“I wholeheartedly recommend Wayne Grudem’s book. These principles have guided my own decisions, and I’m thrilled to know they are in a book I can give to others.”
Jason Fritz, Lead and Founding Pastor, Illuminate Community Church, Scottsdale, Arizona