The Will of God
Message No. 0565 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca
In Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus taught His disciples to pray. In verse 10, the Bible reads:
Your Kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
This statement showed, without any doubt, that God’s will is done in heaven. The question is, is His will done on earth? In Romans 12:1-2, Paul wrote to the Romans:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I am yet to meet a Christian who does not pray that the will of God is done, both in their lives and in the lives of others. Yet, when push comes to shove, you’ll begin to find out that this prayer may not go further than mere pronouncement. The reason is not farfetched: many people have needs and wants that do not align with God’s will, and they are seldom willing to yield to God.
In Numbers 22, Balaam was neck-bent on doing his own will when he was summoned by Balak to come and curse Israel so he could defeat them. It did not matter what signs God gave him so he could understand that what he set his mind to do was not God’s will, his eyes were, probably, set on the gift Balak would give him, so his spiritual eyes were blocked to what God was saying. It took God the unusual effort of making the donkey, an animal, to speak, before Balaam got it.
In 1 Samuel 15:3, God gave an express instruction to Saul to go and attack Amalek. He told him to totally destroy everything that belonged to them, to not spare them, but to put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys. Instructions don’t get clearer than that, yet, Saul spared the best of the animals, purportedly to sacrifice to God who told him to destroy them. Not only this, he also spared the king. When Samuel met him after the battle, Saul came out swinging:
“Blessed are you of the Lord! I have performed the commandment of the Lord.”
What! How could the king of Israel be so brazen in lying? God felt so insulted that He immediately rejected Saul from being king over Israel.
When it comes to God’s will, He does not make suggestions. He has thought over all His commandments before giving them. His thoughts are perfect, His Word is yea and amen and His decisions are final. There is no appeal. God can change His mind but when He does, He does it within the context of His will. Sometimes God permits certain things to happen because we are so stubborn and are bent on doing our own things and painting them with the brush of God’s will. Sarah made Abraham to sleep with her maid because she could no longer wait for God’s will. We all know how that went.
When we pray for God’s will to be done, do we really mean it? In Romans 12:2, Paul seems to qualify the real will of God as ‘good, pleasing and perfect.’ Are we truly seeking the perfect will of God or are we asking for his permission to do our own things?
In Proverbs 3:5, the Bible says to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding. The truth is that no one can go wrong by carrying out God’s will. If our plan in life is to get the best of everything, then there is no alternative than to do His will. He does not get anything wrong; His time is never late, and He does not miss any target. Are you interested in getting the best that life has to offer? Your only route is God. In Jeremiah 29:11, God states His plan for you to achieve this:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Are you still waiting for God for those promises, never give up, you are on the right track. Keep doing His will because His Word will not return to Him void. Have a blessed week!
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