Summary: Knowing God's Will
29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
24 Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Today I will be continuing the blog series, in relation the previous topic about Understanding the Will of God. First of all, there is a question that always stored in our mind; do my decisions really matter to God? Does God really care about little choice I make? Should I align my will to His Will? The big question behind all of this queries, of course, is this: What’s God’s Will for my life? In my previous blog, we’ve focused on 3 different expression of God’s Will, and part of that is what we called that God’s Will of Decree or His Providential Will, which is already ordained, decreed, God predetermined that even before the foundations of the earth and no one can thwart it, nothing can twist the arm of God, whether we believe it or not, it will certainly happen. We can be rest assured of God’s destiny for us. For God has been declared in Ephesians 2:10 (quickview)  and it says here that “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” We are men and women of destiny. The other statement is what we called the God’s Will of Decree or His Moral Will, this is based on God’s commandment that we should obey what He has asked us to do. These are the first two statements of God’s Will which is very foundation for us, so that we can know the third statement which is the God’s Will of Direction or His Personal Will. The Will of God’s direction is the main focus on us, as human beings, for example, what is God’s will for me, in every areas of my life? Asking God’s Will is a daily battle of our lives, trying to desire God’s purpose, especially in making decisions. The revealed things are already given to us (Deuteronomy 29:29 (quickview) ). Many of us are indecisive, having a hard time choosing what kind of life they will live. Let us be guided by the Holy Spirit as we seek God’s purpose for us lives.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
According to Ray Ellis, a Methodist pastor, in finding God’s will there are several principles to consider. First, God reveals His will as we trust and obey Him day by day. God does not drop down from heaven a simple blueprint for our life from heaven. As we walk with the Lord he shows us the way. It is like walking in the dark with a powerful flashlight. As we walk forward we see the way ahead. From time to time God gives a flash of light that allows us to see miles ahead. But normally we walk in step by step obedience. Second, God’s will is a way of adventure and abundant life. Doing God’s will does not mean living a hard and frustrating life. God is for us and not against us. He wants us to have a life of joy and fulfillment. (John 10:10 (quickview) ) Third, God wants us to know his will. There is no greater joy or satisfaction than being in the center of God’s will. Fourth, God’s will match our gifts and skills with His calling. It is a false assumption that if you want to do something it must not be God’s will. God gives new opportunities to do His will. It is another false view to believe that once you have deliberately disobeyed the Lord you are doomed and can never again be in the center of the Lord’s will. God not only forgives He forgets. Throughout Biblical history From David, to the Apostle Peter, men have stumbled and God has lifted them up and given them a new beginning.