What is the will of God?
1 John 2:17 "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."
Let's be honest, at some point in our lives we all struggle with this question; What is the will of God in my life? Sometimes we think about it more because of our situation, or perhaps it's because of a choice we have to make...or maybe we are envisioning our future and we hope we are seeing the same thing that our Papa in Heaven is.
I've heard it said like this: "In order to know the will of God you must first know who he is. Who he is is Holy(set apart). So if we are walking in STEPS of Holiness, being set apart for righteousness in every situation than we are doing His will."
That sounds AWESOME!!! YAY i have an answer?!!?? not so fast. Putting this is practical everyday terms makes this so easy to say and so hard to walk out. Being set apart. What is that? What's it all about. Well I better have something i am set apart for... The will of God? Well then we are back to the beginning. Let's look it up....
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
This is every other persons favorite verse? Why is that??? because it talks about a life of prosperity? no harm? I don't really think so. I think it's because to some extent it answers our question, not directly, but to some extent. "plans to give you a hope and a future." WOW that's good stuff. HOPE. That's what this world needs. A future. We all want tomorrow to come, and even if we are not sure what that future holds, because we have the HOPE first, we know it will be good. No matter if we live a life of prosperity by the worlds standards or not, we know we will prosper because of the HOPE to that which he has called us. He has given us the Hope that there is tomorrow. If tomorrow is working at a restaurant, or painting a mural at the park, if tomorrow is reading a book to a child or preaching THE WORD to 200 junior high students. NO matter what tomorrow holds if we have the HOPE of Jesus Christ living in us we have a future. If the future is Heaven, boy will we be in for an AWESOME surprise, but if the future is now, and now is where i am... then i my hope is that i live my now with passion, with fire, with something no one can take from me... my hope.
What is the will of God in my life? I don't know. I have absolutely no idea what things he has planned for me. I have a faint picture. I have a few prophetic words that i will hold on too... but let me say that they are not my hope. They are not what i hold on to. Oh no, I hold on to Jesus. He is my only ONE. He is my I AM. The one I hold on to in my moment of sorrow, of quietness, my moment when no one in the world seems to know that i am screaming out for LOVE and attention, when I am so lonely my own heart beat is more scary than an assurance of life. When the sound of the keys i am typing is a comfort. HE IS MY EVERYTHING. JESUS paid it all...Just so i could have Him all. He is my LOVE and my LIFE. He is the one i live and breathe to serve. MY hope is built on nothing less than HIM. HE IS MY HOPE.
This is how i know the will of God. When i hear Him whisper in my ear; "Well done good and faithful servant. Wait on me. Fall into my arms. let me carry the burden, you just hold my hand."
I heard this today and my heart cried out. My eyes let the tears fall, because so often i get caught up in WHAT IS THE WILL OF GOD ??? I forget to just be in it! The silence is deafening, and the cry of my heart pierces the night, but when i choose to quiet these things and let my PAPA, my ABBA God love me...my heart melts. and then i know: to be in the arms of the ONE who created all things satisfies my soul more than knowing all the plans of all my days ever could. This is the will of God: to know HIM.