The Will of God - In His Grip - Week of Jan. 18, 2016

The Will of God – Can You Really Know it?

Any Christian worth his or her calling to Christ demands in their soul to know the mind and the heart of God. Kids graduating from high school want to know where to go to college or for that matter whether or not to go to college at all, what to major in, how to pay for it, etc. They make all sorts of preparation for that next chapter in their lives, studying for their SAT’s, the application process and the entire four years of secondary education competing for the right grades. Some of those kids are so internally motivated that they hit the ground running post high school while most follow the infamous “undeclared” track in order to buy more time. Many end up floundering because they simply cannot connect the dots of the “what’s next” life map.           

But the question for people of strong faith in the Lordship of Jesus, “What is the will of God for me right here and right now?” We want to know that we are in the dead center of God’s will for us. We want to be obedient and submitted to God’s purpose for our lives. But what is that purpose? Should I expect that God must make that very clear to me? In other words, is God one who moves us along with our full knowledge of what He is doing? Hardly! God is a God full of surprises and delights in moving us along the road of the unexpected and the inexplicable. More often than not God simply does not tell us what’s next because He only hits moving targets.           

But here’s the truth that we often miss. We do know God’s will while we are waiting. He wants us to “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you (Matthew 6:33)”

A Christian who is a moving target is a productive believer, one who is a real threat to the kingdom of hell, one who walks by faith even though he or she is not sure of where God is leading them.  A Christian is in the will of God when their response to life is pushed through the grid of scripture, whose life reflects the presence of Jesus. That is living the middle of the will of God. That is more important even then what the “next chapter” in life holds. What about this moment? Are you seeking first His kingdom in your daily life, in your relationships, your work place, your family, your inner character? Start there with confidence that as you wait for the Lord to show you the next chapter, you are living the present chapter right in the center of His will.

Next week we’ll take a look at what it means to pursue God’s will in that next chapter. Do we sit around and wait for God to make our calling or life tasks abundantly clear? Or is there something else we can do?

In His Grip,
Dr. Chuck F. Betters

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