Re-post. Tricky stuff.
What is God’s will? More importantly, what is God’s will for me?
Seems to be a question on many minds, a question that haunts us whenever big decisions have to be made.
It always feels like the answer is so hard to discern we become as impatient as Sarah and try to help God out. My servant will have a child for me. I will handle this. God let me choose a sign. If this happens, this is your will, if that happens, that is your will. Let me handle this.
Suddenly “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven” isn’t so easy.
Just words, empty words. Almost an incantation.
Surely the Bible has something about God’s will for us! …right?
Except we want answers now. And specifics. The bible doesn’t have the specifics to your particular life trajectory. Don’t flatter yourself.
So what are the “go to” verses? Trust in the Lord. Fear not. Take heart. Love the Lord your God. Be strong and courageous. Glorify His name.
Encouraging in their contexts, and very much a light in our time of darkness.
But difficult all the same.
And still kind of vague about God’s actual will. These are more by products of us being and doing His will.
If we were doing God’s will, of course we would trust Him, of course we would not fear, of course we would love him and be strong and glorify him.
But how do we know if we’re there or not?
And then that anxiety starts up again and we’re three steps behind square one.
Believe it or not, the Bible states is very plainly. So much so we often miss it. Just like that.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
1) REJOICE ALWAYS.
Difficult to do, especially on those nasty mornings.
2) PRAY ALWAYS.
Also difficult to do. Most first reactions are along the lines of:
That’s not even possible… Is it?
Come on God, we’ve got things to do, places to be… People to save?
3) GIVE THANKS ALWAYS.
This is the punchline we almost always miss.
Needless to say, difficult to do.
But the first two, especially the second, have already blown our minds, we’re already dismissing and not registering perhaps the most important of the three.
If we gave thanks to God, we would always be rejoicing.
If we gave thanks to God, we would always be praying and communicating with him.
If we gave thanks to God, we wouldn’t have the entitlement mentality of this generation to have our cake and eat it too. We wouldn’t need specific answers. We wouldn’t want God’s will to really be our will. We’d be giving thanks for everything He has already given us and done for us.
In essence, we wouldn’t be “seeking God’s will” because we’d already be in it.
He doesn’t need you to do anything for Him. All he wants you to do is give thanks with a grateful heart.
Look at the contrast between King Melchizedek and the King of Sodom in Genesis 14.
After being rescued from captivity, Sodom’s first words are “Give me.”
Melchizedek says “Blessed be God Most High, possessor of Heaven and Earth.”
So when you’re anxious about that job? When you’re worrying about your future? When you’re afraid that you’ll be wrong about what to do next? When you’re tempted to take matters into your own hands to get the results you want to see? When you’re seeking God’s will?
Give thanks. Look back on the beautiful work He just finished up in your life. It’ll make you wonder how magnificent are the days to come.
And then look further… To the endless days of His kingdom. How excited are you? How grateful are you? How mind blown are you by His grace and unconditional love that He gave up everything, including his life, so you could see and experience that?
God’s will? Simple, yet challenging. Give thanks.