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;
On Sunday evenings, in my small group, and in a couple of my discipleship sessions I have been teaching “Knowing, Understanding, and doing God’s Will.” As I mentioned in my two previous posts, most Christians claim to want to do the will of God for their lives. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Christians, if asked, will tell you they don’t know the will of God for their life.
In part one of this series, from Romans 12:1-2, we looked at the importance of surrendering our lives to Christ and the cause of Christ, not being conformed to the ways of the world, and allowing our lives to be changed by the renewing of our minds with God’s word PRIOR TO KNOWING GOD’S UNREVEALED WILL!
In part two of this series, we talked about the importance of doing “the revealed will of God” for our lives today before we could seriously seek after “the unrevealed will of God” for our lives tomorrow.
If we are going to know, understand, and do “the unrevealed will of God” for our lives, we are going to have to determine in our heart that we are willing to do what he tells us to do, go where he calls us to go, sacrifice what he asks us to sacrifice, and, of course, as we mentioned previously become who he desires for us to become!
Are we desiring God’s purpose for our life or are we seeking after our own purposes and plans for our life? As one author so aptly noted:
“Instead of following the Spirit, we invite the Spirit to follow us. Instead of serving God’s purposes, we want Him to serve our purposes. And while this may seem like a subtle distinction, it makes an ocean of difference.”
As the same author noted, “We know our sins are forgiven and forgotten. We know we will spend eternity with God when we cross the boundary of the space-time continuum. And we are trying our best to live our lives within the guardrails of God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will. But still we have a gnawing feeling that something is missing.”
The something that’s missing is often what we would refer to as “the unrevealed will of God” for our lives. As another author noted, “We cannot remove all of the challenge involved in knowing God’s will. Yet we can remove much of the frustration. And we can reach a point of confidence that we are following God’s will and making decisions which reflect his best intentions for our life.”
In today’s blog, we will consider a few more passages that are vital when considering the will of God for one’s life.
Psalm 37:3-5, Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
In this passage we find three vital truths:
- We need to trust God [more about this later]
- We need to delight in God
- We need to commit [give or surrender] ourselves to God
When we talk about delighting in God we are talking about desiring him and his word above everyone and everything else in life!
Let’s consider another very important passage when it comes to the will of God for our lives.
Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
In this passage we find three vital truths:
- We are to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts
- We are not to lean unto our own understanding or trust in our ways [see Jeremiah 17:5-9; Isaiah 55:8-9]
- We are to acknowledge Him in all of our ways
- We are to acknowledge His preeminence, His presence, and His power.
- We need to acknowledge or recognize that God wants what is best for us, knows what is best for us, and can do what’s best for us
If we do the above three things, He will direct our paths!
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 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!
As one author noted, “What this boils down to is that if our basic disposition is to do God’s will in the first place, we may be confident that he will take us to the key points in his plan, even though we may reach them in a wayward manner.”
We must never forget that guidance for tomorrow is ultimately God’s responsibility, that he is infinitely more concerned that we know and do his will than we could ever be, and that he is taking a most gracious initiative to guide us as we are seeking to respond to him. The question is, “Are we willing to follow his guidance?”