Last week we talked about the necessity of being positioned for Godís will. The question I asked about passion is really important. We may think it would be kind of cool to know Godís specific will for our lives. It would be neat to know who we should date, or who the ďright oneĒ will be. Or it might be gratifying to know if we are taking the exact classes that God wants us to.
But are we passionately seeking answers for these issues. And, aren't there even more important life choices to discover and examine?
If we listen to our Pastor and read the Bible, we will be able to get an understanding of Godís will, in general. We can get a non-specific idea of what God expects from all of His people. Thatís certainly a start. So, to begin to really know Godís will for our lives specifically, we know that we need to begin by following Godís Word and by being faithful to what we know God wants in general. Any good concordance can tell you lots of verses to look up in your Bible that talk about Godís will for his people.
The reason I say this is because we canít really expect God to reveal His SPECIFIC will when we still havenít learned to live according to His GENERAL will.
Jesus said that He who is faithful with little will be given much. But he who cannot be faithful with little will lose even what he does have. In this example, the little is Godís general will and the much is His specific will.
God hasnít hidden His will from us. What He wants from our lives is no great mystery. Itís pretty plain. Who can name some attributes that God wants his people to have?
(Wait for responses such as: love, obedience, holiness, forgiveness, faithfulness, etc) If you donít get enough response read: Gal. 5:22
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.")
Okay, those are all the good ways we can treat each other and behave in general. Now measure your lives against the standard of Godís will. Do you follow Godís will in general? Until you do, and know that you do, you wonít be able to come anywhere close to finding out what his perfect plan and purpose for your life is . . . specifically!
We are his children and so we begin as youth, drinking milk, so to speak, and taking baby steps. There are goals and standards set for us to reach for. After a time, our knowledge of his Word increases and the time we spend in prayer and study draws us into a more personal relationship. As that relationship becomes more and more intimate, we recognize His special way of speaking to us. He will guide us through the Holy Spirit, the Bible, a specific sermon in church, or a confirming remark from something someone says, or an action done just at the right time, or any number of ways He chooses to communicate what He wants us to know or do.
So learning Godís plan and purpose for your life is as easy as asking Him and then as hard as actually wanting the answer and then waiting on His timing as he reveals it to us gradually over our lifetime.
Father, you are so awesome in your power and majesty and still somehow in our hearts we find your love feels just like that of an earthly father. You recreate, teach and nurture us and guide us every step of our way. Please help us keep so close to you by studying your Word and listening for your loving guidance that we are always aware of your presence and purpose in our lives. We just love you Lord and thank you for choosing us to follow you. We are so grateful to be able to offer this pray in the precious name of Jesus, our Lord and our Savior.
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This is amazing. As a young adult these articles have taught me a lot concerning God's will for my life. I hope this article will be published in a teen curriculem so that others may be blessed with it's content.