What is God’s Will for my Life?
Yesterday we looked at the dangers of this world and its rebellion against the Lord. This world does NOT want to know, does NOT want to obey God’s Will. This world wants to assert its own will, be its own ‘god,” forge its own way.
But a man-made path can lead only as far as a man can go. Flesh and blood and all its flesh and blood made things — toys, cities, roads and graves – are “destined to perish” (Col. 2:22), not only because the Bible says so but this fact is observable all around you. Living things die, material things decay; God’s verdict is immutable: As for the physical “dust you are and to dust you will return” (Gen. 3:19). As to the spiritual “people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Heb. 9:27).
John summarized this: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17). Knowing and doing God’s Will is the opposite of following the whims of this world.
The world teaches us God’s Will is something uncertain, something far from our knowing… a mystery. But the world is lost in its darkness! Paul wrote,
“…people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, ‘Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? / Who knows enough to teach him?’ But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:14-16).
“We walk by faith, not by sight,” Paul later wrote (2 Cor. 5:7). We have the sure Word of God and the abiding Holy Spirit to guide us. These we understand and trust. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” writes David (Ps. 119:105). “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God,” asserts Paul (1 Cor. 2:10). “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness,” echoes Peter (2 Pet. 1:13).
God’s Will for each believer is not so much a destination as it is a journey. A brook need not concern itself about where it’s mouth meets the ocean. A brook’s concern is only in following the winding brook bed, lapping over the rocks, bubbling all the way. It knows that by diligence to this it is headed rightly and will reach the sea in God’s good time.
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