I’m writing today as a contributor to the Christian Writers Blog Chain. Our theme for this month is “Pursuit.” Christianwriters.com is an excellent place to network if you’re a Christian writer or author.
God’s will has been on my mind quite a bit recently… I’ve been doing my best to seek God’s will in making some pretty important decisions. Amidst all of this, I thought it would be a really good idea to explore and try to find out… what exactly is God’s will? How do I go about finding it? And how do I know it when I find it?
Does God have a will for our lives? Absolutely… each and every one of us! His plan fits together like the pieces of a puzzle… each piece goes exclusively in only one place… matching exactly… sliding together precisely… it’s like a match made in heaven… a perfect fit!
God’s will is His perfect plan. We need to just look to Jesus to understand this…
Jesus said “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.“ John 6: 37-38
Jesus came here and lived in the flesh… a man with a mission! Do you believe that God had a very specific plan for Jesus’ life here? I know I do… in fact, Jesus and the prophets predicted it precisely countless times in scripture.
Like Jesus, our purpose should be to seek and follow the will of God… not that of our human desires. It may at times conflict with our own free will, and it may at times be scary and not make a lot of sense to us… but we should follow… obediently and faithfully.
Because our God is a good and faithful God… He only wants the best for us. When we walk with Him and we follow His perfect plan good things start to happen… we see abundant fruit show up… the blessings that we thought were out of our reach are now attainable and given freely. It may seem unreal… like it just wasn’t meant to be and certainly can’t last. It seems crazy… but it is true… wholesome… pure… and lovely!!
And what about that scary part?
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:14-17
When we walk in faith with God we have absolutely nothing to fear for He is right there with us. Don’t forget the 23rd Psalm…
“… even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me…”
Be afraid… Not!
How do we find it?
- It starts by aligning ourselves with God… being in right standing with Him. Do you feel like you are in right standing with Him now?
We can start by seeking it through prayer…
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we ask of him.” 1 John 5:14-15
With this verse we know with confidence that God listens… and answers when we seek His will.
We’ve all prayed it before in this verse, right?
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven…“ Matthew 6: 9-10
We should always seek God’s will… and seek it first and foremost.
“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16: 7-8
How do I know God’s will when I find it?
God communicates with us in the following ways:
- He is the great counselor… we can see a great deal of God’s will for us by simply reading and absorbing His word. There is a wealth of wisdom and knowledge in there for the taking.
- Through the Holy Spirit. It’s a gift… savor it and don’t ever throw this gift aside.
- Through visions, or dreams…
- Through other people.
Sometimes it will be incredibly obvious… like an Ahhh Haaa Moment. It may show up in the form of a gift, like from the Holy Spirit. It is a true, pure and lovely gift… if it does show up, savor it… it’s not to be taken lightly.
If you seek His will but don’t seem to find it… hang in there, He will show you clearly… when He’s ready… just do your best to stay in right standing… and close to Him.
God’s will. I believe it’s the most worthy pursuit…
Will you LIVE it with me?