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.
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.
It has been said, “Everyone ends up somewhere. But few people end up somewhere on purpose.”
Great thought to prayerfully ponder right there!
Three thought-provoking questions worth pondering along these lines:
- When it’s all said and done, where will I end up?
- Will it be the destination God had purposed for me?
- Will I end up there on purpose?
God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives. As we mentioned in a previous post, much of God’s purpose and plan for our lives can be found in the Bible. This is what we refer to as “the revealed will of God,” and it is non-negotiable!
This is why it is imperative that all of us become a people of the Book [Joshua 1:7-9; Psalms 1:2-3; Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:15-17]. We need to be students of the scriptures. We need to read, study, memorize and mediate upon God’s word.
It is still true today, “What we do with the Bible determines what God will do with us.”
Yet, at the same time, God also has something that’s a bit more specific and unique for all of us to do. This is what we refer to as “the unrevealed will of God.” While the Scriptures may help to point the way to “the unrevealed will of God,” we aren’t normally going to find it clearly spelled out in the scriptures!
God calls us each of his children to live a life of purpose and to live life on purpose. He calls us to live a life inspired by a vision of the Person of Christ and the purpose of Christ for our lives. We need to be living, as Jonathon Edwards said, with “eternity stamped on our eyeballs,” or keeping the end in view.
Colossians 3:1-2, If ye then be risen with Christ. seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on the things on the earth.
Proverbs 29:18, Where there is no vision, the people perish.
God knows we need men and women of vision today. As one author noted, “Anyone with a vision will tell you this is not merely something that could be done. This is something that should be done. … Vision is a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be.”
If and when we don’t live with a clear understanding of God’s will for our life, a vision of what God wants to accomplish in our lives for his glory and for the good of others, setting our affections on things above, at the end of our lives, regardless of all that we have seemingly “accomplished” and “obtained,” we will no doubt say with Solomon of old, “… all was vanity and vexation of spirit” [ECC 2:4-11].
In the next post, we will discuss a few ways we can determine “the unrevealed will of God” for our lives. For the most part, it’s nothing new. Not at all! But first of all, we need to recognize the importance of surrendering our lives totally to the will of God for our life and the God of the will. We have already looked at passages such as Romans 12:1-2; Psalms 37:3-7; Proverbs 3:5-6; and Psalms 32:8-9.
When it comes to this matter of God’s will for our life, it is of the utmost importance that we have a “willing spirit.”
John 7:17, If any man will do his will, HE SHALL KNOW of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”
There’s just something about a “willing spirit” and a “surrendered life” that allows God to guide us in the way that we should go [Psalm 32:8-9; Isaiah 58:11]. How can we tell if we have “willing spirit”? How can we determine whether we are “stubborn” or “surrendered”? I like what one author wrote concerning this:
But how do I determine whether I’m really willing to do God’s will? The most effective way is to imagine all the alternatives which could be logical options in a decision. If I know that I would accept any of these if God said to, then I may be confident that I’m willing to follow his will. This doesn’t mean that God will necessarily lead me to choose the least appealing alternative (we’ll discuss the problem of understanding our desires in chapter fifteen), but it does mean that I must be willing to accept that option if it’s clear God wishes me to. Unfortunately, this is where we too often run into problems. So often we’re intensely curious about God’s will yet have already made up our minds what we’re going to do; we seek to know God’s will simply to find out whether his choice coincides with ours. We’re hoping he’ll rubber-stamp the decision we have already made! Or, while we may be open to certain alternatives, we remain closed to others.
So before we look at a few practical ways to determine “the unrevealed will of God” for our life in our next post, it might not be a bad idea and ask ourselves these three questions:
- AM I WILLING TO DO ANYTHING GOD ASKS ME TO DO?
- AM I WILLING TO GO ANYWHERE GOD ASKS ME TO GO?
- AM I WILLING TO SACRIFICE ANYTHING GOD ASKS ME TO SACRIFICE?
In other words, Christ has to have the preeminence in every area of our life, including the decisions that we make about our future, or “the unrevealed will of God.”
Let’s not just sing the song, “I surrender all,” let’s make it the prayer of our life!
“There is a secret controversy between our will and God’s. And we shall never be right till we have let Him take, and break, and make. Oh! do seek for that. If you cannot give, let Him take. If you are not willing, confess that you are willing to be made willing. Hand yourself over to Him to work in you, to will and to do of His own good pleasure. We must be as plastic clay, ready to take any shape that the great Potter may choose, so shall we be able to detect His guidance. … God’s impressions within and His word without are always corroborated by His Providence around, and we should quietly wait until these three focus into one point.”-F.B. Meyer