Psalm 40:8, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
Ephesians 6:6, Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
Nearly every Christian claims to want to know the will of God for his or her life. Most Christians will say that they want to do the will of God for their lives. This is a fact!
Knowing the will of God was Paul’s prayer prayer for the church at Colossae. He prayed that they might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will.
Colossians 1:9-10, For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God
Paul’s prayer for the people in Colossae was that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Why? So that they might “walk worthy of the Lord” and be “fruitful in every good work.”
In other words, our desire to know the will of God should be based on our desire to do the will of God. Knowing the will of God is not a novelty but a necessity!
It is true, God has a purpose and plan for each and everyone of our lives. Of course, much, if not most of His purpose and plan for our lives is known as “the revealed will of God,” and it is found in the Holy Scripture. This is why it is important to read, study, memorize, and meditate upon God’s word daily. If we are going to know “the revealed will of God” we need to spend time in the scriptures. Quality time in the scriptures!
The man who saturates himself with the word of God will find himself situated in the will of God.
As someone has said, “What we do with the Bible determines what God will do with us.” In God’s word we will find the answers we need. In God’s word we find God’s will. At least his “revealed will.”
- In God’s word we are told to love God and love others
- In God’s word we are told to live holy
- In God’s word we are told to worship and praise our God
- In God’s word we are told to take the Good News of the Gospel to all of the world
- In God’s word we are told to nurture, mentor, disciple new believers
- In God’s word we are told to read, study, meditate, and obey God’s word
- In God’s word we are told to pray without ceasing
- In God’s word we are told to be faithful
- In God’s word we are told to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together
- In God’s word we are told to place God’s truth above man’s traditions
- In God’s word we are told to love our wives as Christ loved the church
- In God’s word we are told to train up our children in the way that they should go
- In God’s word we are told to be good stewards of our lives (time, talents, and treasures)
- In God’s word we are told to care for the needy
- In God’s word we are told to be kind, forgive and tenderhearted towards others
Of course, there’s so much more to be found in the Bible.
Needless to say, we can stay fairly busy the rest of our lives obeying “the revealed will of God” for our lives. What are we doing with God’s “revealed will” for our lives? Are we obeying it?
While many of us are overly concerned about what is often referred to as “the unrevealed will of God” about tomorrow, we often find ourselves neglecting “the revealed will of God” for today!
While it is good to ponder, pray, search the scriptures, and seek godly counsel about where God might want us tomorrow, in other words, “the unrevealed will of God” the question that begs to be answered is, Are we obeying what we know to be the will of God or “the revealed will of God” for our life today?
HERE’S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL TAKE TO THE BANK: WHERE I AM IS NOT NEARLY AS IMPORTANT AS HOW I AM LIVING AND WHAT I AM DOING!
Psalm 32:8-9, I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
The above passage, and many others like it [Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 58:11; Proverbs 4:18], make it very clear that God wants to guide and direct our steps. He wants to lead us in the way that we should go, but we must not be stubborn, and we surely must be wiling to obey his “revealed will” for our lives today if we are expecting him to guide us into his “unrevealed will” for our lives tomorrow!
“When our heart is right before God, he takes an uncanny initiative to guide us within his will, even where our understanding is lacking.”