Thanks so much for your note to us here at TruthBook about God's will.
Being able to discern what God's will is for us can be a challenge,
especially when we are dealing with a specific situation, which appears to
be the case in your inquiry.
It seems to me that the first step in discovering God's will is to
establish what we know about God; when we know what motivates God, how he
administers his creation, how he ministers to individuals, we can then
gain important insight as to what he might want for us - even in any
If you are a Urantia Book reader, you have hopefully read Part I, which tells us more than any of us have ever
known about God - his reality, his nature, and his personality. If you
have not yet read papers 1-5 about God, I recommend that you do so.
149:6.7 Said Jesus: "You have been
taught that you should `fear God and keep his commandments, for that is
the whole duty of man.' But I have come to give you a new and higher
commandment. I would teach you to `love God and learn to do his will, for
that is the highest privilege of the liberated sons of God.' Your fathers
were taught to `fear God—the Almighty King.' I teach you, `Love God—the
"In the kingdom of heaven, which I have come to declare, there
is no high and mighty king; this kingdom is a divine family. The
universally recognized and unreservedly worshiped center and head of this
far-flung brotherhood of intelligent beings is my Father and your Father
... Cease, then, to fear God as a king or serve him as a master; learn to
reverence him as the Creator; honor him as the Father of your spirit
youth; love him as a merciful defender; and ultimately worship him as the
loving and all-wise Father of your more mature spiritual realization and
So, according to Jesus, LOVE is the operative attitude we should have
towards God, as LOVE is his operative attitude towards us. In our past
history, God's will has sometimes engendered a kind of fear or dread that
his will might mean having to do something we don't really want; and this
was as a result of our faulty understanding of God and his merciful,
loving nature. But, when we know that God loves us as a Father, we can
then assume that his will for us is one that would be consistent with any
good father's will for a child that he loves. If you are perplexed by a
choice in your life, wondering which direction is consistent with God's
will, asking yourself what a loving father would want for you in any
situation is a great place to start.
And of course, when you know that God is the most intimate
friend that you can ever have, cultivating a close relationship in
your inner life with him will always help you in discerning the best
things to do.
111:5.1 The doing of the will of God
is nothing more or less than an exhibition of creature willingness to
share the inner life with God—with the very God who has made such a
creature life of inner meaning-value possible. Sharing is Godlike—divine.
God shares all with the Eternal Son and the Infinite Spirit, while they,
in turn, share all things with the divine Sons and spirit Daughters of the
You are not alone in your quest for understanding God's will; over the
years, we have fielded several question similar to yours, and I am giving
you those links here, so that you can read all of them.
Does God's Will Make Us Happy?
What is the Will of God?
What does it mean to do the Will of God?
Thanks again for writing with this always-important question - a
question that has intrigued humanity forever. Now, thanks to The Urantia
Book, we children of God have a much clearer understanding of the answer
to this vital question. I hope that this reply has been helpful.