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.
For the child of God, the will of God for his or her life should be of the utmost importance. Finding, following, and finishing God’s purpose for one’s life is vital. Our desire should be that at the end of our lives, we can all say with the Apostle Paul, “I have finished my course” [2 Timothy 4:7].
Our desire should be to one day, on the other side of eternity, to hear the words of our Lord, saying, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” [Matthew 25:21, 23] because we have been able to wisely invest our time, talents, and treasures for the will of God for our lives.
Our desire should be to, once again, at the end of our lives, be able to say, as our Lord Jesus was able to say, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I HAVE FINISHED THE WORK WHICH THOU GAVEST ME TO DO” [John 17:4].
Our desire should be that when we see Jesus face-to-face we can know that we fulfilled His will and did the works which He created us to do.
Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works …”
As we mentioned in a previous post, most of the will of God for our life can be found in the word of God. This is what we refer to as the “revealed will of God.”
Truth be told, we can spend the rest of our lives staying very busy simply by finding out what God has revealed in His word, and doing it. But there are some things that God has purposed for all of our lives that are not specifically found in His word. This is what we call the “unrevealed will of God.”
And it is with the “unrevealed will of God” we find so many struggles. For example:
- How does a man who is called to preach determine whether he should be a pastor, assist a pastor, or be a missionary?
- How does a man determine whether or not it is God’s will for him to start a church or not?
- How does the same man decide in what city to start the church?
- How do missionaries determine whether of not God has a specific country or people group for them to go and serve?
- How does someone determine where to go to college or whether to go to college or not?
- How about who we should marry? 🙂
The above questions, along with hundreds of others, often cause us frustration. Why is it? Because you cannot, and will not, find the answer to questions such as these clearly written out in the Bible. Yet, they are very important issues.
AND WE ALL WANT TO END UP IN THE RIGHT PLACE, DOING THE RIGHT THING!
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 desire and prayer for the church at Colossae was that they WOULD BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WILL. Why? So they could obey God’s will, of course. In verse 10, we find that one who is filled with the knowledge of God’s will will live right, serve right, and grow right!
Yes, knowing and doing God’s will is important!!!
As we mentioned in a previous post, 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?
Let me share a few practical things to consider when pondering over the will of God for our life:
- When seeking God’s “unrevealed will” for one’s life, one should saturate himself in the scriptures, therefore having the mind of Christ [Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3; Psalm 37:4; Proverbs 2:1-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:15-17].
- When seeking God’s “unrevealed will” for one’s life, one should spend much time in prayer [Philippians 4:6-7; Jeremiah 33:3; Matthew 6:9-13; Mark 11:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; James 4:18; 1 John 5:15].
- When seeking God’s “unrevealed will” for one’s future, one should ask whether or not the option or options being considered will bring glory to God [1 Corinthians 10:31].
- When seeking God’s “unrevealed will” for one’s future, one should look at the circumstances and open/closed doors [Acts 16:5-10; Revelation 3:7-8].
- When seeking God’s “unrevealed will” for one’s future, one should seek godly counsel [Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; 24:6]. *Please notice it says “multitude of counsellors.”
- While no counsellor can tell you the “unrevealed will of God” for your life they can help you to see blindspots!
In addition to the five biblical and practical things above one should consider when pondering various options for their future, I believe there are a four other very practical things one can and should consider:
- When seeking God’s will for one’s future, one should consider one’s passions and desires. In other words, when you are walking with God what stirs your heart? What desires has God “downloaded into your heart”? Someone has said, “When it comes to doing the will of God, God-ordained passions are far more important than any human qualification we can bring to the table. In fact, God often uses us at our point of greatest incompetence. That way He gets all the credit.” When we delight ourselves in the Lord, new desires are conceived within us. God literally downloads new desires. And those divine desires become an internal compass that helps to guides us.
- When seeking God’s will for one’s future, one should consider one’s past experiences. In other words, what has God allowed you to go through in the past that may have been his preparation for your future?
- When seeking God’s will for one’s future, one should seriously consider the spiritual gifts and physical talents that God has given him. In other words, has God equipped me for such a task?
- When seeking God’s will for one’s future, one should seriously consider the need. In other words (let me be real frank here), comparatively speaking is there really a need for me to do this there.
- For example-and I know some are going to take issue with this, but that’s fine, this is not God speaking, take it with a grain of salt, if I am going to plant an IB church, is there really a need for it in Jacksonville, Florida or Chattanooga, Tennessee?
- I think if we would add this consideration into determining the “unrevealed will of God” for our lives there’d be a lot more missionaries, and especially a lot more in the 1040 Window, but that’s a sermon for another day!
After pondering the above, now what one must do is to simply trust God, step out in faith, and JUST DO IT!
Please don’t misinterpret what I’m trying to say. Pray about everything. Then pray some more. Seek godly counsel.
But at some point, we need to quit praying, seeking counsel, and we need to just TRUST AND OBEY!
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Just reflecting on the will of God!