God’s will; do you want to know it?
If so we must first answer this question. “Why do I want to know God’s will?” To do it quickly? Or to decide if I want to do it? We will struggle to know God’s will as long as we want to know so we can vote on it. He is in charge not us. Everything our loving Father does leads us by the hand to know our Family-of-Three more easily and return His love more readily. This loving relationship is the goal and end of our life. All of our choices are means, steps toward enjoying and partnering with God. With our end-goal now clearly in sight, we are able to tackle the process of decision-making.
Filter One to Know God’s Will: God’s Character:
God will never call us to do anything contrary to who He is. This is another reason why we need to sharpen our answer to the 1st essential question: “What is God like?” If the choice or opportunity violates God’s revealed character, do not pursue.
Filter Two to Know God’s Will: God’s Love-letter, the Bible:
God does not hide His will from us, so in His Word He reveals a number of specifics from Scripture that inform us what His will is. We don’t have to guess. Major on pursuing these since we know each is certainly God’s will.
- Salvation and Sonship (1 Timothy 2:4, Ephesians 1:5);
- Saying thanks, praying and rejoicing always (1 Thess. 5:16-18);
- Sacrifice and sanctification (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Thess. 4:3);
- Submission (1 Peter 2:13-15);
- Suffering (1 Peter 4:19);
- Supplication for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2-3 + 8);
- Serving others (Ephesians 6:6);
- Spirit filled living (Ephesians 5:17-18).
Filter Three to Know God’s Will: More General: In deciding between two good choices:
(1) Research the issue since God has given us minds to use.
(2) Ask counsel from appropriate people. I don’t ask, “What should I do?” Rather, “From your view, what have I overlooked?”
Trust your “reasoning heart.” Psalm 37:4 states: when we delight ourselves in God, He gives us the desires of our heart. Why? Now our heart-desires align with His. Don’t be tripped up by an OT description of our hearts as desperately sick and untrustworthy (Jeremiah 17:9). The NT calls His redeemed people holy, complete, having with the mind of Christ, and everything pertaining to life and godliness…and also still in-process. Are you consistently delighting yourself in the Lord? Trust our “reasoning heart.”
Bottom-line: our Father loves us intensely and has our best on His heart. I trust His ability to speak more than my ability to hear.
Foundation Stones also provides solid building blocks for our spiritual lives.