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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Finding Out God’s Will

In review of 1 Corinthians 1:9 it says, “God will surely do this for you, for he always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, even Christ our Lord.”

Bottom Line:
God can be trusted, he has invited you into a partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

What this means to me:
God is faithful, for he always does just what he says. He is the one who has invited me into a wonderful friendship with his Son, my Lord Jesus Christ.

Ultimately God will not play games with me. He wants me to understand his will, his purpose, and his plan for my life.

At times I think, “I want God to guide me, but I still get confused. I don’t know what to do.” What I’m learning is that the problem is that I may be looking for the wrong thing. I’ll need to know what I’m looking for before I can find it.

So, what is God’s will?

Well, God’s will is not a feeling. It will not be a feeling or a supernatural sign. I won’t find God pulling my heartstring so I’ll know exactly what to do. For feelings are unreliable; they will often guide me the wrong way. Feelings can come from fatigue, hormones, or an event I’ve just experienced. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful” (NIV). Even my heart plays tricks on you. Even the devil can create a feeling. So, I should not wait for a feeling when I’m trying to figure out God’s plan for my life.

Also, God’s will is not a formula. In our culture, we tend to want everything to be easy. We want things to follow a simple formula so it will instantly change our lives. We want a step-by-step guide. However, there’s a problem with this approach: There’s no room for mistakes. If God’s will is a recipe, what happens if you leave out one ingredient? If you leave baking soda out of a recipe, you’ve got the difference between a birthday cake and a pancake. What if I have “52 Steps to Knowing God’s Will,” and you leave out number 37?  God’s will is not a closed system. It is dynamic! It is not always an issue of choosing A or B. In fact, many times I can choose from A to Z, and any of them will be OK. It’s my choice. Why would God give me a brain and not expect me to use it? He lets me make choices, and he gives me second chances.

So If God’s will is not a feeling or a formula, then what is it?

I’m learning that It is a relationship. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:9, “God … invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, even Christ our Lord” (TLB).

There is very little in the Bible about the technique of knowing God’s will. But there are thousands and thousands of verses that talk about developing a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. This is because God’s will is a relationship.

The better I get to know him, the less confusion I’m going to have about what his will is. If I Get to know God, then everything else becomes secondary.

In summary, God will do exactly what he says, and he has invited me into a friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ. Today I thank you God for revealing to me that knowing your will is all about a relationship with you and not a feeling or a formula. As I move forward, I should continue to cultivate my relationship not only with God but with his Son Jesus Christ.