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Monday, December 5, 2016

Finding 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 is faithful to do what he says. He is the one who invited you into a partnership with His Son.

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 and partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ my Lord.

Today’s passage comes from 1 Corinthians 1 where Paul is writing to the church in Corinth.  He considered himself to be chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ.  He writes to those who have been called by God, to become his own holy people, made holy by what Christ Jesus did on the cross. Paul then gives thanks to God for them and their gracious gifts given through Christ.  It is through God that they are enriched in every way.  He tells them that they now have every spiritual gift they need as they eagerly wait for the return of the Lord. He tells them that God will keep them strong to the end so that they will be free from all blame when his Son our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says. God has invited them into partnership with his Son.

I often find myself asking, God what is your will for me. One thing I know for certain is that God wants me to understand his will, his purpose, and his plan for my life.

I want God to guide me, but I still get confused and don’t know what to do. I’m learning that this is because I’m often looking for the wrong thing. I need to know what I’m looking for before I can really find it.

God’s will is not a feeling, or a supernatural sign. 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 human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (NLT). My heart can play tricks on me. Even the enemy can create a feeling. So I shouldn't wait for a feeling while I’m trying to figure out God’s plan for my life.

Also, God’s will is not a formula. In our culture, we want everything to be easy. We want things to follow a simple formula so it will provide instant change. I often will look for a step-by-step guide. However the problem with this approach is: There’s no room for mistakes. If God’s will is a recipe, what happens if I leave out one ingredient? If was to leave baking soda out of a recipe, it would be the difference between a birthday cake and a pancake. What if I had “52 Steps to Knowing God’s Will,” and you leave out number 37?

God’s will is not a closed system, rather it is dynamic. It will not always be an issue of choosing A or B. In fact, many times you 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.

What I’m learning is that God’s will is a relationship. Today’s verse in 1 Corinthians 1:9 reminds me, “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.” (TLB).

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

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. Get to know God, and everything else becomes secondary.

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