Bible Question:

How do you define the will of God in a way that young people will understand? What would be the best illustration to use for presenting the will of God?

Bible Answer:

The will of God includes everything that God desires or wishes to happen in heaven and on earth. As a result, He has planned what He wishes to occur. For example, in the first part of the Lord’s Prayer, found in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us to pray that the Father’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Pray, then, in this way:
“Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven . . .”
Matthew 6:9-10 (NASB)

The word for “will” is thelma. The word means “what one wishes or has determined will happen.”[1]  That is, we are to want God to have His wish, His will and His plans fulfilled. That is, your life and plans should agree with His.

Illustration of God’s Will

When some people think about the will of God, they fear that God has decided every little detail of their life. But that is not true. He has not already decided everything in your life. But God does control many aspects of our lives. He gives us a lot of freedom, but He has also constrained us (Acts 16:6-10). God’s will is like a road. He does not care if you walk on the right side, the left side or down the middle. He does not care if you jump, skip, jog, or walk fast down the road. He does not care if you sing or if you are silent. But He does care if you leave the road. He wants you to always stay on the road. Each of us has a different road to travel. The road is God’s will for your life. The road will turn and twist, but His plan will be accomplished.

Determining God’s Will For Your Life

What is the will of God for your life? What are the boundaries of the road? They are shown in the table below. These are the five known “wills of God” that are given in His Word.

Be sexually pure1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
Be filled with the Holy SpiritEphesians 5:17-18
Understand that believers will suffer1 Peter 4:19
Give thanks always 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Submit to your government1 Peter 2:13-15

If we want to know His will for our lives, we must start with what we know is His will. We must want His will to be done. Then God gives us this promise in Psalms 37:4. A study of this verse and the five known “wills of God” is explained in more detail in Seeking God’s Will. You will find it helpful in understanding the will of God more.


The will of God is everything that God desires or wishes to happen in heaven and on earth.



1. Joseph Henry Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. Harper & Brothers., 1889, 285.

Suggested Links:

Lord's Prayer
Sermon on the Mount
Seeking God’s Will