Figuring It Out
Some of the most frustrating times in my life have been times when I was trying to figure out what God’s will was in a particular situation.
“…Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
This passage of scripture answers the question of how to know what God’s will is. Remember that verses one and two go together. We need to keep everything in the context of the book of Romans but for now, we will just look at these verses.
Let’s go to the verse:
“…Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is… “
Is this saying that God wants our approval? Not at all. God wants us to love HIm and be joyful in HIm but He is not going to change His will for us. If He would do that, He would not be sovereign. Think about it, if God was worried about pleasing people, then He would be back and forth with contradictions all the time. God is absolutely and completely stable. He will always show Himself and His will and His plan in line with His character which He has revealed in His Word.
Test and Approve
This passage saying “test and approve” means that we will be able to be in agreement with His will and want what He wants. To do this we must be able to identify His voice. We have to look at what we see to be His direction and make sure it lines up with His Word. His character never changes. You can trust Him to always be who He has always been, and what He has always been is holy, awesome, and wonderful!
“…His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
We are not the center of the universe and our comfort and pleasure are not the issues here. God’s glory is the issue – always is and always has been the issue. With this in mind, we can also know that the very best thing that can happen to us, in the long run, is that God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will goes forth in our lives and in the world around us. Though His will is for He, Himself, to be glorified, it is in our best interest too. According to Jeremiah 29:11 God has good things planned for us, maybe not comfortable but good. That passage goes on to say that He wants us to seek Him so that we can know Him and be close to Him. His will always involves our growing closer to Him.
A Different Way
Our close walk with God – Keeping our mind renewed (minds full of Him and His Word) will help us not be conformed to this world (not being like the world) and our close walk with Him will help us be able to discern what His will is. The frustration can be replaced with trust as we walk closely with Him because the better we know Him the more we will be able to trust Him.
I am amazed at how young children have a sense of direction and location. An alternate route draws out questions like “Where are we going?” and “This is not the way home??” I remember saying “It’s just a different way.”
This applies to God’s will too. Though we may not recognize the route, we can always know that God is propelling us toward His glory.L
Things to Ponder:
Over the last 3 days, we have talked about some things that I want you to think about this weekend. Go back and carefully read Romans 12:1 & 2 again.
- How does a living sacrifice act?
- What are you worshiping? We are always worshiping something!
- What is the best way not to conform to this world? (Hint: It is in the 2nd half of the verse.)
- Does God change His will to please us?
- Where is the best place to be in any possible situation?
- Where is the only place to get to know God personally?