It is easy to talk about God’s will when things are peaceful and everything seems to be working normally. But when hardships come, like the many changes over the last four months that have brought stress to our world, our workplace, and our personal lives, then it makes decision making difficult… we can start to question what the will of God is in all of this.
The most familiar prayer known to most people is the Lord’s prayer (Matthews 6:9-13). One of the points Jesus asks us to pray is for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. So, what is God’s will? And does His will entail the details of my life or just the big decisions? Is it written out somewhere for me to see? Here is what we do know… and what we don’t know about God’s will! In no uncertain terms the Bible teaches us that God’s will is supreme over our will (Psalm 33:8-11). There are certain things that He has revealed about His will for us, which He asks us to conform to or obey. However, there are many details about God’s will that are not spelled out regarding the details of our personal life. Often we do not know the way God will direct us personally…we gain a better understanding of that only after we can look back and see His work and the ways He lead us. Here are a few things God has assured us in His Word about how His will is being done in our lives…
- The work God started in the life of each of His children will be completed as He works out His will in directing their life (Philippians 1:6-7).
- God will not tempt us with evil (James 1:13-14), but does use the hardships that come from this evil world to purify and complete our faith (James 1:2-3).
- In each trial and testing, God’s provision will sustain and provide us with what we need. This comes as good and perfect gifts in each situation (James 1:16-18).
This coming Friday morning (July 31, 9:30 EDT) join in a Q&A forum/panel discussion on “God’s Will and My Decisions.” PMC
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.