Off-Topic Thursday: I Know God’s Will for Your Life
Does the title of this post sound presumptuous, even arrogant? It’s true…but hear me out.
We want to know God’s will for us, but the fact is, we already know His will. He has clearly stated it in several places in the Bible. But are we doing what He’s revealed?
Here are some examples I found with just a quick search of my concordance.
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-6)
“Be joyful always;pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:13-16)
Each of the are God’s will for you, and for me. See, I told you I knew God’s will for your life. To be saved, to be sanctified, to pray continually, to be joyful always, to give thanks in all circumstances, and to silence the ignorant talk of foolish men by doing good.
How are you doing on following God’s will for your life in what He’s already explicitly revealed? If we’re not doing what He’s already told us to do, why should He reveal anything else to us, and why should we expect Him to?
Now, I know what you may be saying right now. “But what it says in the Bible is hard!” That’s true, it’s often hard for me, too. But who says whatever else He may reveal won’t be? If you’re unwilling to do the hard things He’s shown you, there’s a good chance He won’t show you anything else. After all, if it’s hard, too, He knows you won’t do it, right?
Sometimes God shows some extra grace to us and reveals something of His specific will and plan for our lives, even if we’re not doing what He’s already told us to do. But if you really want to know more of the details, do what He’s shown you already in His word. The more faithful we are to that, the more He can trust us to continue.
Question: Is there something God is nudging you to do that you already know is His will but you haven’t done it? Talk about it in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.