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God's Will Be Done

 “What is God's will for me?” This is an age old question.

The answer, however, is simpler than you might think.  It all boils down to this…God's will is for us to obey His Word.  Many of us have a problem with the word obey but did you know the Hebrew root word for obey is shama and it literally means ‘to hear’ or ‘to be heard’? 

Often times we can hear but not obey God’s Word.  He always gives us a choice.  If we choose ‘to hear’ Him then we are in God’s will.  If we choose to not ‘hear’ Him then we are not in His will.  God desires for us ‘to hear’ Him.  When we do, we can rest assured we will be in His will.  He will always be with us in every area and aspect of our life—the good, the bad and even the ugly.    Simple, right?  

So how do we ‘hear’ God is the next question begging to be asked? 

Again, it is simple.  First, we must know God’s Word because most of the time this is how He speaks to us.  The Bible answers every single question about God’s will for us as believers all we have to do is search and we will find the answers we are looking for. The Second, and just as important as knowing the Word, is PRAYER.  In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says, “Ask, and it WILL BE given to you; seek, and you WILL find; knock, and it WILL BE opened to you.”  This commentary from Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges says this about Matt. 7:7:


The words of Christ teach, (1) that discernment will be given, among other “good things,” in answer to prayer; (2) that prayer in itself implies fitness, because it implies desire for such truths.


Yes, we must pray and seek Him through prayer.  Jesus says ‘to ask’ and the only way I know how to ask God for something is through prayer.  Not ‘a genie in a bottle’ type of prayer but a knowledgeable prayer that comes from God’s own Words.  Praying God’s Word back to Him is one of the most important things we can do in our prayer life and our walk with Christ.  So many times when I pray, I use Scriptures the Holy Spirit lays on my heart during my prayer time.  Obviously I can’t remember them all so I do a word study and find any Scriptures relating to what I am praying about. For instance, if I am praying for direction, I do a Strong’s search on the word direction or path.  If I am dealing with healing, then I search healing.  You get the ideaJ    


Think about this, Jesus quoted Scripture when being tempted by the evil one.  Peter and John quoted Old Testament Scripture when they prayed and praised God. (Acts 4:25-26)  The Palmist said in 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Key word here is hidden but translated from Hebrew it means ‘treasured’.  When we hide something it is usually because we treasure it.   Have we as believers forgotten how to treasure God’s Word?


I don’t want us to go all Sadducee and Pharisees here because some people can get so caught up in just studying God’s word they miss the main purpose of why God gave it to us to begin with.  God wants us to KNOW Him and what better way to know Him than to read about Him?  I realize this is a very simplistic explanation of trying to make my point.  I have kept a journal for several years.  If my closest friend were to get hold of it and read it, she would find out so many deeper things about me.  Every time I read God’s Word, I find out deeper and deeper things about Him.  About His love, mercy, and yes, even His anger and judgment.    


God’s Word is alive and does not change.  God does not change.  God—ok listen to me now—God DOES NOT change His mind.  I know some teach this concept however when we really study God’s Word we realize a few things. One there are NO contradictions in the Bible and two God does NOT change His mind.  I cannot go into theology here but this is a great website that gives a wonderful biblical response--using Scripture to explain Scripture--to this age old question:   https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/does-god-change-his-mind/)   


Does God speak to us in other ways?  I believe He can and does.   After all He used a donkey to speak to Balaam. (Numbers 22:28)  We all know donkeys can’t talk or reason yet this animal did so it is obvious God himself was using the donkey to speak to Balaam.  (Why would God do this?  Because Balaam was an evil man and refused to obey God. Just read the story ok ;-) However, we MUST know and understand the Scriptures because if we don’t then we will be confused and the Bible specifically tells us “God is NOT the author of confusion.” (1 Corinthians. 12:43)  If someone—anyone—tells you something saying it is from God then it had better line up with God’s Word or believe me it IS NOT from God.  He will NEVER go against His Word. 


I close with this.  When we pray, we must be sure to save some time to get quiet and just listen for God’s voice.  Often times this is when we hear from God.   In 1 Kings 19:11-12 we read how God spoke to Elijah: 

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 


It wasn't in the strong wind, an earthquake, or even a fire where Elijah heard God’s voice.  It was a ‘gentle whisper’.  Why do you think God whispered when He could have yelled?   As a past elementary school teachers aide/substitute teacher, I can tell you when I wanted the attention of 20 to 25 seven, eight, or nine year old children all I had to do was start speaking in a whisper.  Every single time, the entire class would get quiet and really listen.  Perhaps God wants us to know we don’t need dramatic occurrences or supernatural manifestations in order to hear Him.  Zechariah 4:6 tells us God’s work is “…by (His) Spirit,” and I have come to realize the Holy Spirit always operates in a gentle fashion.  He is always a gentleman. 


Of course the decision to obey God and His word rests with us. We choose to be either in or out of His Will for our lives.  It is a daily decision and for some of us even an hourly one.  My prayer today is that you will choose to live in His merciful will for your life.

Always loving our Lord,

Lori Robbins    

 

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