Friday, November 3, 2023

In Search of God’s Will

The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. (Psalm 25:14 NLT)

Does God still speak to people today? Is He interested in what happens to us as individuals? And does He indeed have a master plan for our lives?

As Christians, we are not victims of chance, hoping that our luck holds up. God has a plan for our lives. He has a will that He wants to reveal to us. He wants to speak to us, and He does speak to us. The reason we don’t hear Him is that we haven’t yet learned to tune in.

God does not play hide-and-seek. In fact, He is more interested in revealing His will to us than we might be in knowing it. Far too often we make hearing God’s voice and knowing His will overly mystical.

Following the will of God is not an itinerary as much as it is an attitude. It is saying, “Lord, guide my steps. I’m available to walk in the way that You want me to walk.”

And the Bible gives us this promise: “The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant” (Psalm 25:14 NLT).

Friends like to talk. When something good happens to you, you want to tell your friends. Or when something bad happens, you call them as well.

Jesus said to His disciples, “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me” (John 15:15 NLT).

When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you begin a special friendship with God. God has given us a user’s manual in life called the Bible, which helps us to understand the will of God.

So, before we get into the specifics of trying to discover His plan and purpose for our lives as individuals, we need to ask ourselves this question: Am I already doing what God has clearly told me to do?

For example, it is the will of God that you believe in Jesus Christ. The Bible says that God “does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT). There must come a moment in your life when you’ve acknowledged that you’re a sinner and are separated from God. There must come a moment when you turn from that sin and put your faith in Jesus.

The Bible says, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him” (Romans 12:1 NLT).

God is essentially saying, “Give Me your life, and I will show you My will.” The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart. God has a plan and a purpose for your life. But to know the will of God, you must willingly present yourself to Him without reservation.

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