Tuesday, May 11

The Will of God, part 854

...or so it seems.

Jollyblogger has a new post up on the subject, with links to other posts as well. Check them out, and check out Adrian Warnock's post on this subject too.

I'm not sure I've really got much more to say about God's will, but I might say a little more anyway. Do I believe that God uses special means to let us know His will sometimes? Yes, I absolutely do. I have experienced it, but the circumstances are personal, and so I'll not be sharing them.

I also think that for the most part, He does not use special means to reveal His will to us, The majority of our decisions, both big and small, we make by looking at our circumstances, thinking about what we really want, considering what options are available to us, and choosing the option that seems best to us, keeping in mind, of course, what scripture has to tell us about the matter.

If we really love God, and want most of all to serve Him, then I think we can be fairly confident in the decisions we make. Here's why:

1. Our circumstances are in God's control, down to the tiniest detail.

2. The options that are open to us are in God's control.

3. If we really love God and want to serve Him, then we know that the Spirit is at work within us. That means our wants are also influenced by the Spirit. So is our thinking about what is best.

So we make our decisions carefully, but not timidly, always keeping in mind that what we decide to do will only happen if it is God's sovereign will that it happen.

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit." You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. You ought to say instead, "If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that." (James 4:13-15 NET)

(The other post that you can find here the subject of God's will are this one and this one.)