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.