People would like a convenient and comfortable means of knowing God's will, but there exists no means of ascertaining it without reference to the state of our own soul.
We sometimes seek God's will, desiring to know how to act in circumstances in which His only will is that we should not be found in them at all; and where, if conscience were really in activity, its first effect would be to make us leave them. It is our own will which has put us there, but we should like nevertheless to enjoy the comfort of being guided of God in a path which we ourselves have chosen. "He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). You cannot exempt yourself from this moral law of Christianity.
The Lord must be known intimately if one would walk in a way worthy of Him; and it is thus that we grow in the knowledge of God's will (Colossians 1:9,10). Be assured that, if we are near enough to God, we shall not be at a loss to know His will.
—From "How to Know the Will of the Father" by J.N. Darby.
"If the Lord's business is made your principal business, I assure you that you will repeatedly have divine guidance in your Christian life."—A.J. Gordon