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What is God's will?
The big question
“What is God’s will?”---this question has been seen as some sort of an enigma in the church. “You can never know,” some will say. While others simply sighs, “Oh well.” There are even those that concludes in frustration that it is simply so mysterious that one ought to equally resort to “mysterious” ways in searching for an answer that fits. Certainly I am included amongst the innumerable Christians who stumbled over this question. How about you?
I remember being so bothered by this question that at one point in my life I found myself so desperate for an answer. “What does God wants from me?” “Should I do this?” “Should I be a ____?” The confusion gets wilder and wilder! I soon found myself crying out to God and rolling around my bed waiting for an answer to drop down from heaven. I just could not bear it. Good news is that our God is a faithful God. He did not comfort my whims nor answered to my whining but He did gave me the answer. THE answer that was staring all of us in the face from the very beginning.
So are you ready to discover God’s will? *insert mysterious hand gestures* (Lol)
Step 1: PRAY!
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:26-18 (oh! Look! We found God’s will!)
“Prayer is not a time we wait for, it is a life we live.”-John MacArthur
Pray without ceasing! --- To know God’s will is to pray about it. I’m not promoting the kind of praying that literally asks God whether we ought to open the right or left window. Nor those kind that cajoles God to print out a blue print of our lives (because He already did. *cough* scriptures *cough*). What kind of prayer is then needed to know God’s will? Simple. Praying for God’s will means praying for our submission to it. Praying for wisdom and understanding is also an imperative. Therefore we should be as excited to do God’s will as in knowing God’s will.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.-James 1:5
Step 2: READ THE BIBLE!
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of Godmay be complete, equipped for every good work.-2 Timothy 3:16-17
For it is no empty word for you, but your very life…-Deuteronomy 32:47
Here is yet another revelation! ---We can know God’s will by actually reading it! Seriously, we need to understand that the Bible is God’s revealed will. Everything in it is everything that we will ever need to know.
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”-Deuteronomy 29:29
“But the name of my future husband is not in it!”--- Of course it’s not! God never commanded us to know the name of our future spouse (if there is) before we even meet them! But God did command that we should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. So we should not go crazy about the name, time, place or other minute details, rather, we should be concerned in obeying God’s guidelines in choosing a partner. That is what matters, and not some silly name.
Same with what profession or calling we have been called to have. These are not given by God specifically beforehand. We learn from scriptures that we ought to take steps of faith as we move towards it. At the same time, we also ought to be found scrupulously following the principles God has given concerning every life decision. Whether we are called to be a nurse, a writer, a youtuber, an artist, etc; we ought to be a godly nurse, a godly writer, a godly youtuber, a godly artist, etc. All of those and many more are honest and noble professions but we have to make sure that we, too, are honest, noble, and most specially, godly professionals. You get the idea, right? Sharing the gospel, letting our light shine, and glorifying God in all that we do are the crux of the matter. That is God’s will. (Mark 16:15, Matt 5:16, 1 Cor 10:31)
Lastly, let’s just be very clear. We use principles in the scriptures for decisions like the ones cited above but where God has given the specifics we are to no longer turn to principles. For example, God specifically commanded not to be an adulterer. So it is foolish to think that we can be an adulterer if we are a joyful adulterer since God’s word gave us the command/principle to rejoice always. Let’s not go there. Please.
For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.-1 Samuel 16:7
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.-1 Thessalonians 4:7
Step 3: TRUST & OBEY!
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.-James 1:22
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.-Joshua 1:8-9
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.-Psalm 119:105
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.-1 John 5:3
We are almost done unlocking God’s will! In this last step we are going back to another basic which is the trust & obey exercise/command! Now that we know God’s will by reading it, we will then move forward to actually obeying it! By God’s grace and for His glory of course.
Here is a little something written in my notes that I sincerely pray would bring some enlightenment;
“God’s will? It’s all in the scriptures. Specific will? It’s also in the scriptures, too. Only that time we look unto principles. The Bible is not going to say “”thou shalt turn right,” or “thou shalt be a doctor.” But it did gave principles that should guide us in making life decisions. The scripture, therefore, is complete and sufficient. J. Mac once said in one of his sermons, “…do everything written in the scriptures and you can do anything you want.” It really does make sense because surely, by God’s grace, the one who obeys the scriptures (consistently though not perfectly) is becoming more and more like Jesus Christ, and will therefore do what Christ would have done. A Christ-like person will surely make Christ-like decisions. Also, a Chris-like person lives according to God’s will. Slowly but surely. By God’s grace and for His glory.”-apG
Press on in Jesus' name!
In the end, God’s sovereignty will always astound us and, yes, confuse us. But it will always keep us and guide us safely because God chose to love us and is keeping His covenant with us through Jesus Christ. That is why we are called to walk by faith. Let us not then trouble ourselves with what God has promised to take care of. Likewise, we should also keep ourselves from slacking in matters of trust and obedience. (Matthew 6:33)
Brethren, let us all be found doing God’s will.
Soli Deo Gloria
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