Monday, June 27, 2011

God's Will?

Here is something else from Francis Chan's The Forgotten God. It's good!

How many times have you heard someone say, "I just wish I knew God's will for my life"? I know I've longed for this before. But now I see it as a misguided way of thinking and talking.

There are very few people in the Scriptures who received their life plan from God in advance (or even their five-year plan, for that matter!). Consider Abraham, who was told to pack up his family and all his possessions and start walking. He didn't know where he was going. He didn't know if he would ever be back. He didn't know any of the details we consider vital (e.g., his destination, how long the venture would take, what the costs/rewards would be, whether he'd receive a 401(k) or health insurance). God said to go and he went, and that's pretty much all he knew.

I think a lot of us need to forget about God's will for my life. God cares more about our response to His Spirit's leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year. In fact, the decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we submit to the Spirit right now, in today's decisions.

It is easy to use the phrase "God's will for my life" as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience. It's much less demanding to think about God's will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes. It's safer to commit to following Him someday instead of this day.

 Needing to know God's entire plan before we start will only paralyze us with fear. But what if I get it wrong?? Chances are that at some point you will. Get over it. Ask for forgiveness. Pick yourself up. Ask God to show you the next step.

We are human. We will never be perfect. Don't let perfectionism keep you from taking steps either.

Just obey. One step at a time. God will be there every step of the way. Trust Him. And when He says GO you say OK. And as Joyce Meyer says sometimes we will just have to "do it afraid." It's not really trust if we know all the answers ahead of time.

In John 14:15 Jesus says "If you love me, you will obey what I command." It doesn't say "If you love me you will obey me as soon as you have figured out my will for your entire life."

Just take that step!

It wasn't long ago that I heard Lysa TerKeurst speak on the same topic. God's will. She was of the same thought... stop trying to figure out God's will for you life. She used the verse 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

She said that if you are joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances that you will find yourself in the center of God's will.

Just walk with God. He'll keep you on the path.

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