Knowing God’s Will
I believe, for the most part, Christians have a deep desire to know God’s will. That being said, I also believe it’s God’s desire to reveal His will to us. Notice in Acts 13:36, “For David, after he had served his own generation, by the will of God…” David never went looking for kingship, but he lived in it, after he received it. We know this, God’s will, will prevail.
Terrorists, natural disasters, nuclear threats, economic & political uncertainty, these and many more dangers fill our airwaves & newspapers daily. It’s easy to get caught up in all this, but (Ps 33:18, Behold the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.) God’s eye is focused on us, not the other things. How comforting it is to know such a thing!! It frees us to refocus upon God & His will.
Romans 12:1 – 2 “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
These scriptures give us (3) steps to help us recognize God’s desire for us!
1) SURRENDER UNCONDITIONALLY
In every area, sign the bottom of the contract and let God fill in the will for you. The phrase “living sacrifice” means living (a life totally for God) and sacrifice (heartfelt gift). Therefore, we being a gift, presented to God, no longer belongs to the giver (ourselves). The phrase “reasonable service” means literally “logical worship.” So then, we “offer ourselves” “alive totally” then we “logically worship” the One whom we present ourselves to, which is “God’s pleasure,” His will. Just in this one area, we have already tapped into part of God’s will for us. Presenting ourselves, worshipping Him!
2) SEEK GOD TOTALLY
“Be not conformed but be transformed” is a phrase of expression. Conformity is an outward expression with no inward change. It takes on the appearance of change with no genuine, lasting results, just as a chameleon changes color, not its substance. Transformation is an outward change that originates from the inside, as a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. How does this process occur? By the renewing of your mind. How do we renew our minds? By the Word (will) of God. Read what the Word says to us, then learn it, do it, rehearse it, making it a way of life.
3) SEE COMPLETELY GOD’S WILL
Let us remember the ultimate purpose for God’s will to be accomplished in our lives is to give God glory! The phrase “good – acceptable – perfect” (a progressive climb to our ultimate destination). The importance of the entire Word must be stated here, to see the complete picture, all elements of His Word must be included. That’s where God’s perfect will for our lives is revealed. It’s a journey of growth in God, Enjoy It!