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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

God's will is not something to be found but rather lived in

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by Nelson Roth
Has there ever been a time for you when the desire to know or to “find God’s will” seemed like an impossible task or brought a lot of questions that led to more questions that never resulted in answers?

God’s will, being in the right place at the right time, or however you might describe it, is where all of us as followers of Christ desire to be.  To help in this task, I want to challenge you to make a shift in your thinking about God’s will - for at least the length of this blog article to see what insight God may give to you. 

The shift in thinking is in the title of this blog article: God's will is not something to be found, but rather lived in!

If you are a believer, who is loving God and not living in known sin - you ARE in God’s will right now.  How does that sound to you?

Here is the first of two ways to view God’s will:

One way is viewing God’s will as something to be found.  This view says, “I am at point B looking for God’s will which is at point A.”  Essentially, with this view, I am saying that I am not in the will of God if I am at point B.  Or, saying that there is something wrong with point B.

The other view says, “that as long as I am seeking God, submitted to Him, repentant and not rebelliously living in disobedience that I am in the will of God.”  Whether things are good or bad; high or low, this is the will of God for me at this point in my life.
Too often God’s will is thought of as - that good thing we desire or good place that we want to be.  The place where everything is just right.  This thinking can make us believe that God’s will is all about just the good things.  But, is that a correct biblical view?  

Paul reflects his perspective on God's will in the following verses:

Now, I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. (Philippians 1:12)

And we know that in all things God works for the good for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)

What do you think about this shift in thinking about the will of God?

How does it help you for where you are right now?

You see even if you are in the middle of something bad or less desirable, it’s probably God’s will for you right now.  He has purpose in it, so don’t miss it.

How does this shift help you to relax a little in your quest of knowing or finding God’s will?

How might this perspective help you in your faith walk as a follower of Christ?

I’d really be interested in hearing your thoughts and/or how this shift impacts you.

God’s will is not something to be found but rather lived in.

Feel free to ask questions and comment below.  

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We'll continue with this conversation on how to know the will of God next week.

Previous Blog Articles on this topic:
Wisdom for Decision Making
Getting and staying on track
How can we know what God’s will is?

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  1. I love the way you explained the different ways to view God's plan. I think looking into the life of Joseph (Jacob's son) is a great example of what how God is able to use our circumstances, including our own bad decisions, to bring about His divine purpose and will, not only for our individual lives, but also for the ultimate, overall, Kingdom purpose. Not that God is "okay" with our sinful indulgences, but He knows we will make those decisions, so He is still able to work them for our good (Romans 8:28).
    Thanks for another great article, Nelson!

    1. Thanks for the Joseph example Cyndi. He is a perfect example where the undesirable circumstances of life could be the perfect will of God.


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