To know God’s will for your life in 2016, you must start by writing God a blank check with your life.
It’s useless to even consider God’s will for your life unless you are completely committed to obeying it. God isn’t a travel agent who prepares your itinerary and then asks, “What do you think?” You say, “I’d prefer not to go to that country as a missionary. Could you change that to a few years in Hawaii, please?” He is the Lord, and it’s right that He loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life! But you must submit your entire life to Him up front, trusting that His will for you is good, acceptable, and perfect (Romans 12:1-2).
Paul had long since done that. In Acts 20:24 he said, “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.” In Acts 21:13 he again says, “I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Paul was totally committed to doing God’s will, whatever it entailed.
Signing your life over to God may seem a bit scary. What if you do it and He tells you to go to some jungle as a missionary when you don’t even enjoy camping for a night or two? But, remember, He is your loving Father and He is all-knowing and all-wise. His purpose is to be glorified through you by blessing your life. So you’ve got to begin by trusting Him.
His path for you may involve some severe and painful trials, but you can be sure that even in these, He will bless you in ways that you cannot imagine. No one, including the martyrs in heaven, ever wrote God a blank check with his life and later regretted it. We must all start here if we want to know His will.