ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Religion and Philosophy»
  • Non-denominational Beliefs & Practices

Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Will of God

Updated on November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's day

Midway
Midway | Source

What is the will of God?

When we say "Will of God" what do we mean and what is a faith based logical approach to determining it. Faith is a logical leap but once there, there is a logic within in the faith. The original acceptance of a power greater than ourselves is not logical in the normal sense but it is logical in certain paradigms. "Will of God" is not a silly notion. And it is not a blame tool. Just for a moment consider some seemingly off the wall notions.

Independent contractor. Most people get this concept. It is someone who does work for someone else who is not an employee. There are certain rules about what an independent contractor is as opposed to a servant/employee. Having their own hours of work and getting the job done their own way without supervision is another. Taking full responsibility for the outcome and the method and any errors is part of a "contractor's" area. In other words independent contractors work when and how the want to work and get work based upon results and marketing not strict adherence to rules. Sure they serve a master, but they do it independently. Can you see where a preacher might be headed with this concept? I bet you are way ahead of me.

Did God make us employees or independent contractors? Both serve a master or they find themselves without a place. The point here is that God does not dictate to us how to get things done. He tells us what he wants done and then it is up to us. We are independent contractors. We do not get a check for just showing up. So not everything we do or that happens is God's will.

So how do I make such an outlandish statement as to say "I know God's will"? Turning it over is a good place to start. Let us see where that leads us.

Are you bad to the bone?

Good friends and family

A different type of temple
A different type of temple | Source

What does it mean to turn one's will over to God?

This is a cool bit of scripture from one of my favorite guys of the Bible. His name is James and he writes:What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? And then a little later he tells us: Submit yourselves, then, to God.

We get a clear picture there. Within each of us and within all of us we battle in order to get our way. Any good kindergartner can turn on the tears in order to get a cookie. And most folks will give them one to stop the crying. Same child who is not getting parental attention will "become hurt" for attention, hugs and boo boo kisses. Well not around here. The small child is not an independent contractor. He is more akin to an employee. We care more about how he gets the job done than the finished product. He gets a hug when he is playing happily by himself. He gets a spontaneous cookie just for having a great attitude. The learning curve here for getting your desires is strict and calculated to not teach negative behavior but to enforce good.

We are God's children but he will teach us appropriate behavior and at the same time leave us to our own devices to reach the result. In small children the time span must be immediate. In adults the time span for work equals gratification must be more lengthy. Just like a contractor.

So turning one's will over to God is logical if one wants to grow. We must submit to God in order to be open to learning appropriate behavior. Just like the child submits to the "games" of learning appropriate behavior because his life is in the hands of his parents, so be it with us and God. I use the word games to reveal a somewhat truth of the matter not to diminish the seriousness.

You should be saying to yourself right about now: "Yes but". But how do I know what is God's will? That is the crux of the matter isn't it? Would you like a formula? No!

Do you know your God's will?

Do you think your God loves you?

See results

Getting dinner ready

Life on a Cu Chi farm is pretty simple.
Life on a Cu Chi farm is pretty simple. | Source

OK so maybe my ZZ Top music doesn't fit so well with this sermon, oh well if you look into may be surprised.

We know God's will for us.

If you view your God as a tyrant. Then follow that to the hilt. Really no matter what you do, He will just act in whimsy and no amount of favor that you curry will make a real difference. He will act in self interest and you are but a pawn. Too bad for you.

If you view your God as a strict disciplinarian. Then get your religious text and follow it to the letter. Good luck with that. Over 600 laws in the Bible. You break one you pay the price because that is how strict disciplinarians operate.

Personally I would not like to have either one of the above as a father. Much less a Father. (check out Matthew 23:9 on that if you want to follow laws: And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. - discussion for another time)

So in order to get a handle on your God's will for you, you must get to know your God. The rest is easy. As for me, I had to go through infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adult hood and middle age before I really got to know my mom and dad. About the same for me to know my God. It ain't like you can read a book that someone wrote and "know" them. It takes a history and a lot of time and experience with each other to really get to know "someone" else.

So my God is one great God. He is firm. I like firm. Firm is someone who cares deeply for you and will self sacrifice the easy way for the right way for you. Firm is also something you can hold onto when on a slippery slope.

Is there a fine line between making up your own God and imagining one Great God. Very much so. Religious texts that describe God in other than generalities are suspect. And literalists trying to construct a one God view for everyone are pushing the limits of reason. I can read my Holy Book, the Bible, and show you numerous places where God is basically described and defined as Love. So my God was not wholly just made up of my imagination. And yet leaves room for the individual's notion of love. So my God is love.

Now the will of a loving God is to do love. I know and can understand that will. Can you be as confident with your God?

So there we have it.

We are under the guise of independent contractor status. We don't deserve a paycheck for just showing up. There are no automatic employee benefits. We have this darn thing called free will. Our every action is not dictated. The will of God is up to us to define and to carry out. This is not religious anarchy. You have to decide what God is your master. My faith tells me there is only one God with a capital G. It also tells me that a part of God is in all of us.

So for me, and you may get something out of this, I know very well how to act in Love. Do I always? No, I don't. In my older age do I try? Does it make me Holy when I carry out the will of God? No. Do bad things happen on earth? Yes. Is that the will of God? No.God is not the puppet master. While we are to serve God we are not employees with a time clock and specific directions. We are left to our own devices.

I hope you find peace in this piece. I hope it finds you striving, or as us old timers like to say, trudging the happy road to your destiny. It would be good to think of all people having a loving God who's will it is for them to love.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Lawrence,

      I don't know where that concept came from -- either an original thought or....

    • lawrence01 profile image

      Lawrence Hebb 20 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Awesome, but I'll have to come back later to check out ZZ top! (When hooked up to wifi!)

      I like the idea of 'independent contractor' and looking at things that way. Great job

      Lawrence

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Bronwen, so nice to have you come by. I always contend that if I wrote a sermon about it, it is because I needed to remind myself. Thank you

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello angel lady Patricia,

      It is that time of day here where it is not quite dawning at all. That dark part of morning that is really night. I like to be up this early. In my reading, meditation and prayers I don't get into my details and I don't even ask that I surrender to God's will any more. I just beg that His will be done. For in that acceptance I find peace and the rest just flows better than my way. Happy to report still failing miserably at it ;-)

      Thank you for your wonderful comment.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian, you had me with Joseph, wow what a man. I suppose we would not do poorly if we leaned toward attempting to emulate him. The deeds were awesome but his steadfastness really carries a wonderful message. Thank you Brian for adding such depth and insight into this hub. It makes me happy.

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 21 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Some good thoughts here. Thank you for the reminder of who's the real boss.

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 21 months ago from sunny Florida

      Well said, Eric.

      and sometimes when we SAY we want God's will to be done we really mean 'if it is what I want' It is so hard to let go and trust completely. I have had to do that more times than I care to count and allowing myself to completely turn it over to Him relieved so much stress...I did NOT have to control everything. The first time I did it was when my Daddy was near death ..the next time was when my Momma was...and since then several others who have died and I was not 'ready' but when I let go and let God, a huge weight was lifted.

      I am experiencing new challenges right now within my immediate family and I do pray for God's will to be done and it is very difficult. I guess I have not really given my will up to Him fully yet. Guessing that is what makes me human!!

      Thanks as usual for sharing this, Eric. I needed to read these words this morning ps

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 21 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Regarding your response to my comment, Eric, yes, just so. Take as an instance the story of Joseph, son of Jacob. Each character in the story did as he willed as urged by vices or virtues. Joseph took the ups and downs of life with equanimity as they came, in each circumstances doing what seemed right and kept his mind open to inspiration rather than closed by resentments and other negative attitudes against what is. To take it as it comes, staying present, responding to each moment as seems right, is to choose to be a tool of God's will. The outcome was that Joseph and his brothers were among the many who survived the famine, and they were able to start the twelve tribes of the Jewish people.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora at first blush it seems like saying "make your God up". And really it is saying to get to know your God and find out what is up. Thank you for sticking with it to get that concept so succinctly.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Isaac Weithers 21 months ago from The Caribbean

      "So in order to get a handle on your God's will for you, you must get to know your God. . . You have to decide what God is your master." I like that Eric. Very good thoughts!

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise I think that if we view God as loving, that that is what God has in mind. Never out of the loop but not doing it for you either.

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 21 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I like the comparison of us being independent contractors, sent here to help God accomplish his divine purposes. That leaves me open to doing it the way I like to do it, but going to him for advice and counsel as needed. Great article!

    • Dana Tate profile image

      Dana Tate 21 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I know- I drive people crazy too Eric. The alternative is to think negative and I found the "woe is me" attitude serves no purpose.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana,

      You pretty much lay out my personal feelings on letting God take the wheel.

      I believe in such a benevolent God that no matter what I can look for the good in the deal. Drives some people crazy.

    • Dana Tate profile image

      Dana Tate 21 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I found that God's plans are always best. Usually if I'm going through a bad season of suffering, I focus on Roman ( 8: 28-) I believe all things work out for good. If I'm hurting my focus is usually on myself; that's a big difference from God whose focus is on all of us. I can look at my pain as being unjust by a God whose uncaring or, feeling blessed because God is so fair, He will allow me to suffer because His plans are bigger. Meaning, my plan will be " How can I pull myself out of this situation?" God's plan may be " I'll let her go through this and then pull her out. My other children will be able to benefit from her suffering"

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, aren't we the lucky to know to keep getting back on. T'was a time I was not even aware I had fallen off that wagon. Now I keep a little bit better balance so as not to fall off, but hit the ground running to catch up when I do. Thank you

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika, that is most of us most the time. Pondering it is a step ahead of many. I hope just for today that you are filled with love.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, I always have loved that thought. But I might suggest that you are in touch with love enough to grab hold of those reins from time to time, as that just might be God working through you. Other than that -- me too!

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      We are free to do as we please, but when we know God's love we choose to do good. We fail repeatedly but climb back on God's wagon to continue this earthly journey. Another great lesson! Thank you.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sometimes I don't know what to think or how to feel. Thank you

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Let go, Let God....I'm having trouble with that one right now.....there are days when it's a struggle, buddy, and today is one of them. :)

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari,

      Thank you for always adding such personal notes to the sermons. It really adds a lot to the hubs.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Excellent sermon. I believe God loves me and I hope I know the will of my God. I try to follow the will and perform as much as I can.

      Thanks for reminding this wonderful fact.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian I see your point to a point. What you say seems accurate to me as long as we understand that letting us have our will is part of God''s will.

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 21 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      It seems logical that what happens is God's will and that God's will is what happens. How could that not be so, if God is?

    • clivewilliams profile image

      Clive Williams 21 months ago from Nibiru

      TURN YOUR WILL OVER TO GOD IS TO LET HIM LEAD YOU IN EVERY WAY. BLESSINGS FRIEND

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Blessings back at you whonu, I appreciate you coming by and leaving a positive comment.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Reynold, I had fun writing this one. Not too deep but worthy of mentioning in our lives.

    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 21 months ago from United States

      Nicely done my friend Eric and blessings. whonu

    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 21 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Sounds like good thoughts today, Eric. Love the video with ZZ top too!