First this, THEN that …
One of the most pondered questions by human beings is this: What is God’s will for me?
So much could be (and has been) written on that topic, but let’s approach it from a different angle: When will you know the will of God for you?
The Apostle Paul provides a direct answer for us:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. THEN you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect,” Romans 12:2.
Did you catch that?
You will not understand God’s will for you with a mind that is conformed to the world. Stated another way, you must allow God to transform how you think first, “… THEN you will learn to know God’s will for you …”
So perhaps the more pressing question is this: Is your mind conformed or transformed?