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.
Over the previous six posts, among other things we have talked about the importance of finding, following, and finishing the will of God for our lives and that the vast majority of God’s will for your life and mine can be found in the word of God. This is known as “the revealed will of God.” We have also seen the importance of …
- Surrendering our lives to God’s purpose, not being conformed to the philosophies, passions, and practices of the world, and to allow our minds to be renewed by God’s word [Romans 12:1-2].
- Delighting ourselves in the Lord so that he would “download” his desires into our hearts [Psalm 37:4].
- Trusting God with all of our heart, not leaning on our own understanding, and acknowledging the presence and power of God in all of our ways so that he will direct our paths [Proverbs 3:5-6].
- God wants to guide our steps but we must not be stubborn [Psalm 32:8-9].
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.
BTW, IF WE ARE GOING TO BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WILL, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD!
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.
In verse 10, we find that one who is filled with the knowledge of God’s will live right, serve right, and grow right!
Yes, knowing and doing God’s will is important!!!
Much more was covered in the six previous posts, including the last post reminding us that all the “stuff” that we tend to live for on this side of eternity will all go back in the box.
When pondering the will of God for one’s life, whether it be “the revealed will of God” or “the unrevealed will of God” it is important that we understand THERE ARE CHOICES TO MAKE. And, at times, the choices are DIFFICULT and UNPOPULAR!
“By faith Moses … (Chose) rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26).
Hebrews chapter 11 is filled with stories of men and women who, BY FAITH, made the DIFFICULT and UNPOPULAR choices to OBEY AND SERVE GOD, regardless of PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES or FUTURE CONSEQUENCES. For some, everything worked out as they had hoped that it would, for others, not so!
SUCH IS THE JOURNEY OF FAITH!!!
Like Moses of old, a biblical faith will enable us to SEE THE INVISIBLE, CHOOSE THE IMPERISHABLE, and eventually, DO THE SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE!
IS THERE A CHOICE YOU NEED TO MAKE TODAY? A DECISION THAT NEEDS TO BE MADE? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
“… choose you this day whom ye will serve … ” (Joshua 24:15)