God willing

Posted: December 16th, 2010 | Filed under: God, life | 12 Comments »

One of the things that believers and non-believers pray the most is to know God’s will, to be in God’s will, and to do God’s will. People want to do more, to hurt less, and to be on the winning end of life. Frustration and anger fester in our veins when things aren’t going the way we want and our response is to question the location of God’s will. It doesn’t even have to be a blatant expression of selfishness. It can be an extremely debasing attitude of just wanting to get it right.

I want to help. I have my own theories and perspective, but I don’t write about those unless I have, what I believe, is definitive answers from scripture. I am fully aware that I’m just a girl in between loads of laundry. I don’t look for scriptures that fit my theories because I want to grow, too.

My theory and belief about God’s will is that it IS. I believe that God IS, therefore His will IS. That’s Kingdom talk and I always try to put it in practical language because there are people who don’t understand Kingdom language. That’s the role of any one of us who try to provide spiritual insight to others. I am a deep thinker and I love the challenge of abandoning my avenue of understanding and jumping on the fast moving train of spiritual understanding.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. -Romans 12:2 NIV

I could live in that box car for the rest of my life going through papers, letters, art, music, maps, and anything else left behind by those who have been there before. We’ll never get to the bottom of the mystery. Our brains and understanding will always fail us, but the more we practice and the further we get away from the superficiality of our human nature, the more we learn. The thing that makes me laugh and shake my head, is that the more we learn, the more there is to learn.

I spent the morning searching for scriptures mentioning God’s will. I searched in five different translations and read commentaries on the subject. I searched for ‘God’s will‘, ‘my will‘, ‘your will‘, and ‘his will‘.

Every reference I found was directly associated to God’s sovereign will. Because God is sovereign, there is absolutely nothing that can happen outside of His will. You can either look at your circumstances and be angry that God allowed it, or you can find comfort in the fact. It’s where a decision for or against God really comes in to play.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28 NIV

We have a promise from God. Let me ask you something: Does God make good on His promises or are those promises up to everybody else? When you think about the good things, it’s easy to believe and rely on His sovereignty. When God’s will doesn’t line up with yours, then it’s a struggle. God does not have double standards, you (I, we) do.

Shortsighted and immature faith makes a woman curse her pain because she forgot about her baby. In avoiding the child birth, you reject the child. Shortsighted, self-focused, and immature. The funny thing about God’s will, you can reject or accept the pain, but neither amounts to changing the course.

Compare the phrase, ‘If it’s God’s will…’ to ‘If it doesn’t rain….’

You can’t control the rain.

If you’re into studying this more, read this article and all of Romans 8.



12 Comments on “God willing”

  1. 1 janelle said at 7:12 am on December 16th, 2010:

    Thank you Serena – these words are for me today. Blessings on you for being his voice to me today.

  2. 2 Justin said at 7:47 am on December 16th, 2010:

    Hey Serena – Happy Thursday! Great post….cursing, doubting , and questioning our King has drawn me closer to Him, because it revealed his deep, deep love and sovereignty. Thanks for some sweet words!

  3. 3 Serena Woods said at 1:22 pm on December 16th, 2010:

    Janelle: Awesome. 🙂

    Justin: love it. 🙂

  4. 4 Jessica said at 2:07 pm on December 16th, 2010:

    Thanks so much for sharing. You’re absolutely right, there is such peace in knowing our Lord is Sovereign!

  5. 5 Serena Woods said at 4:50 pm on December 16th, 2010:

    Thanks, Jessica. 🙂

  6. 6 Jason said at 6:57 pm on December 16th, 2010:

    Wow…this was a kick that fit with my other Scripture readings today. I was reading at the end of John where Jesus talks to Peter and basically says that Peter needs to focus on what God called him to do and not worry about anyone else. Then your writings make me realize that His will is going to be happening regardless and I need to look at it through the correct lens. Thanks, Serena.

  7. 7 Julie R. said at 1:42 am on December 17th, 2010:

    great post! I love who God is… "His will IS because He IS". To make any less of that it to deny the VERY WHO that God is… I just love theology at 6:40 in the morning!

  8. 8 Clare said at 4:03 am on December 17th, 2010:

    I just read Job 42:2 this morning:

    "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thrwarted."

    Encouraging– considering the source of that sentence!

    Great subject to write on!

  9. 9 eileen said at 5:20 am on December 17th, 2010:

    "the more we learn, the more there is to learn" well stated and so true. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  10. 10 Brandi said at 5:55 am on December 17th, 2010:

    God's will is always easy to follow so long as the path is straight. It's the curves and rocks that make us stumble that make the path more difficult. It's should not be a matter of aligning God's will to our desires but to change our desires to be God's will. Sounds trite and cliche' but what freedom.

  11. 11 Holly said at 4:28 pm on December 20th, 2010:

    Great post, as usual! Thanks for allowing God to use you to share His truths.

    I'd be interested in knowing whether you've struggled with the question of why God created us in the first place–knowing that most of the human race would end up in hell. I've been a Christian for most of my life and am ever grateful for God's mercy and grace and unrelenting forgiveness. Yet I am struggling big time with the fact that God went ahead and created us even though not all of us would end up being with Him forever. It's as if I were given the choice to have five children–but only two could stay with me and three would be banished from my home forever, suffering. If that were the case, I would choose NOT to have children at all. I don't see how I could fully enjoy having my two kids when I knew that the three would suffer forever. (I have two girls by the way, and love them to pieces.) I guess what I'm trying to fathom (and I do realize that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts–and He also does NOT owe us any explanation at all of any of His actions) is how can God truly enjoy a relationship with us for all of eternity when the majority of people He created (and loves, no doubt) will also suffer a horrible fate for all of eternity? And yes, I know that God gives everyone the chance to come to Him and that He desires that all come to know Him and that none perish. And that those who end up in hell CHOSE that path… But still, that doesn't change the fact that MANY will still end up in hell. As a parent, I cannot come to grips with that knowledge. This is making it hard for me to continue in my relationship with God–but of course there is no other way and I will continue to choose to love and obey Him. Just struggling with why He even created us in the first place. It almost seems cruel–and even selfish–to create the human race so that He can be worshipped by a few, at the expense of many who will perish. I feel like I'm being arrogant here but it's what's on my heart lately and I'm trying to get past this roadblock…

  12. 12 Serena Woods said at 6:00 pm on December 20th, 2010:


    I love how raw and honest your comment is. To answer you directly, yes I have thought about all of those things. It's normal for any thinking human being to be reduced to questions, however dangerous the answers may be. I don't have all the answers, but I can rattle off scriptures. You covered all the stock answers. 'His ways are above ours, His thoughts are above ours.' But we still have free will and with that comes the tension of submission.

    Here's me, rattling off scripture:

    Is that grounds for complaining that God is unfair? Not so fast, please. God told Moses, "I'm in charge of mercy. I'm in charge of compassion." Compassion doesn't originate in our bleeding hearts or moral sweat, but in God's mercy. The same point was made when God said to Pharaoh, "I picked you as a bit player in this drama of my salvation power." All we're saying is that God has the first word, initiating the action in which we play our part for good or ill.

    Are you going to object, "So how can God blame us for anything since he's in charge of everything? If the big decisions are already made, what say do we have in it?"

    Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question? Clay doesn't talk back to the fingers that mold it, saying, "Why did you shape me like this?" Isn't it obvious that a potter has a perfect right to shape one lump of clay into a vase for holding flowers and another into a pot for cooking beans? If God needs one style of pottery especially designed to show his angry displeasure and another style carefully crafted to show his glorious goodness, isn't that all right? -Romans 9:14-23

    Scripture reassures us, "No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it." It's exactly the same no matter what a person's religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. "Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help." -Romans 10:11-13

    If you read Romans 9, 10, 11, 12…. you'll see more of God's mercy and patience than you will of how unfair things may seem. From my own experience, things are never quite what they seem. He has all kinds of psychological tricks and a lot of patience to make sure that everyone has a fair shot at getting in. Focusing on what God has done will help ease the uncertainty of trying to figure out what He's thinking.

    That's what I do when I am being spiritually urged (attacked) to question God. Our minds have short sight. God sees it all, He is good, and we just have to trust Him. Especially when it comes to this stuff.

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