Finding God’s Will To Do God’s Will

God’s will is not all hidden from us. God reveals His will in His Word so we can both find the will of God and act on the will of God.

God’s Will and Ours – Matthew 6

When we pray, we must pray for God’s will above our own since His will is perfect and our will is less than perfect. He sees the future; we see only now and what is past. If left to ourselves, we’d do what we think is right, but our ways are not God’s ways, and what we think is not exactly what God thinks (Isaiah 55:8-9). It might seem right to us, but it can end up being wrong (Prov 14:12; 21:2), so the disciples, seeing Jesus’ intense prayer life, ask Him how they ought to pray, and Jesus taught them to give God the glory, first and foremost (Matt 6:9), and for the kingdom to come, so those are the first things we see that are the Father’s will. That’s not hard to find at all! Pray for God’s will to be done (Matt 6:10), particularly in our life, so it’s not about changing God’s will, but about finding God’s will, and then doing it.

Discerning God’s Will – Romans 12

The Apostle Paul wrote, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom 12:1-2). A believer is better equipped to discern the will of God when they’re not conformed to this world, but rather transformed by a renewed mind. The word used for “transformed” is essentially the same as was used in the Mount of Transfiguration, where Jesus was transfigured (Greek, “metamorphoo”), meaning “to change into another form, to transform, to transfigure,” so discerning the will of God involves a metamorphosis of sorts…and changed or transformed minds, and that comes when we become new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).

Knowing God’s Will – 1st Peter 2

You cannot know the will of God without reading the Word of God, so knowing God’s Word helps us to find His will for our lives. Looking to Jesus and His teachings also helps us to find God’s will since Jesus always did the will of the Father (John 5:19, 6:38, 8:29), so we already know that living a life that pleases God, like not living in the flesh, is the will of God. God’s will is not something He hides from us or some mystery we must figure out. It is found in the Word, and found in Christ. For example, we see the heart of God in the Apostle Peter’s writing that it “is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:15-16). It’s very easy to see God’s will in this.

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Living God’s Will – 2 Peter 3

It’s good to know God’s will, but that’s only a starting point. You can know how to assemble something after you’ve read the directions, but reading the directions doesn’t mean anything until you’ve put it all together, and so it is with the will of God. The Bible reveals that God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:4), and that “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Pet 3:9). The question then becomes, since this is the desire of the Father, is this our desire too? Do we desire that none of our neighbors, family, friends, or co-workers perish apart from Christ? Of course we do, but do we remain silent, underground Christians who are afraid to confess Christ before others? That’s not God’s will.

Accepting God’s Will – Romans 8

If Jesus had not accepted God’s will, we would still be in our sins today, and we’d die in our sins, and that means the wrath of God would be abiding on us for all time, but the good news is so good because Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). Jesus prayed three times to have the cup of Calvary removed, but still went to the cross because He knew it was the will of the Father. When we know God’s will, even though it is painful at times, we still must do it, but we also know that always brings about the best good for us. All things will work to the good (Rom 8:28), but that doesn’t mean it will always feel good or look good. In fact, it may look just the opposite, but accepting God’s will show God that we trust Him.

Doing God’s Will – 1 Thessalonians 5

If we could interview the Apostle Paul and ask him for a quote from his letter to the Thessalonians about what God’s will is, he would clearly say, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:16-18). Christians give thanks to God for all of the good things He’s done, and that’s a lot, but it’s actually God’s will for us to be thankful at all times, no matter what the circumstances are. Giving thanks in all circumstances, both good and bad, is the will of God.

Conclusion

Finding the will of God is not enough. We must act on the will of God. It is those who are doers of the Word that are doing God’s will (Matt 25:34-40). We must find God’s will, which is found in Scripture, then we must act on God’s will, which we’re commanded in Scripture, and give the glory to God, which is stated in Scripture, for God says, “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols” (Isaiah 42:8), so fellow believer, I hope it is your will too “that they may know that [God] alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83:18). Is that your will too?

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Congressman commits suicide…”god” “god” “god” this and “god” that…..oooops! Another no show by “god”

    Proof that the “god” virus is a mental illness

    The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news. Conservatives take a stand. I LOVE GOD and I LOVE MY WIFE, who is the best WIFE in the world, My Love Forever ! My Mom and Dad my FAMILY and all five of my kids and Nine grandchildren two in tummies and many more to come each of you or a total gift from GOD stay strong, REBECCA needs YOU . 9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer. IT Has Won This Life . BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME. “PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY, Only Three things I ask of you to do,if you love me is (1)blame no person,Satan is the accuser, so blame the Devil himself. (2) Forgive and Love everyone especially yourself .(3)most importantly LOVE GOD. P.S. I LOVE MY FRIENDS YOU ARE FAMILY ! GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT !

  • pud

    One more infantile essay in an endless list of infantile absurd delusional essays by the liar to children.

    “gods” do not NEED anything by definition. They do not NEED you or your pitiful bleating nor do all powerful “beings” require “glory”

    All these nonsensical attributes you apply to this fictional man made creation are human traits proving that MAN made 10,000 “gods” in MANS image not the other way around.

    You are a pathetic irrational dysfunctional man jack. Worse, you’re a liar to children peddling your cult and corrupting their minds before they even reach the age of reason.

    According to the “word” there are 613 commandments which you are REQUIRED to obey or face the wrath of your celestial dictator…why don’t you follow those orders jack? Not a jot or tittle is to be changed jack or have you forgotten that commandment by invisible “jesus” too?

    Lunatic

  • Fantastic Jack! Just in time for me. Thank you. Fits nicely in last night’s Bible Study on the Book of Revelation. We just finished Chapter 3. I hope everyone goes and reads Revelation either for the first time or once again. I am thrilled to be able to attend this study along with my elder beloved. Both of us are our Pastor’s best friends. I found out something very interesting…. Pastor Steve said every time the churches of the First and Second Century met they read from Revelation. WOW! Imagine that. For followers of The Way, Truth, and Life this is a much needed book of HOPE. For the lost and non-believers it is horror.
    Have a very blessed Christmas remembrance season of the time of our Savior’s conception. He was born during the Fall Feasts.

    • pud

      No it isn’t…it’s ridiculous, absurd and infantile.

      “‘will” is “desire”…All powerful “beings” do not have “desires” which are unfulfilled wants and needs. All powerful, omnipotent entities by definition are not lacking anything and therefore do not “want” “need” “desire” or “wish” for certain things to happen.

      “praying” to this thing that his own omnipotent “will” be done is RETARDED! Omnipotent entities don’t need your pitiful encouragement or endorsements.

      WOW!! Rivers of blood!! How awesome!!!!

      You sick demented infantile lunatics

    • What your pastor probably meant that every time the 7 churches of Asia minor met at the end of the first century they read from the book of Revelation since this book was primarily addressed to them. It took quite a while for the book of Revelation to circulate to other churches.

      If you interpret this book literally, then it is indeed a horror story. Jesus, the lowly lamb, becomes Jihadi Jesus: the violent one with rivers of blood flowing. This is appalling.

      Some NT scholars view Revelation as being against Empire. Jesus, the lowly Lamb, now risen from death is contrasted with the view that Caesar is Lord (military power and might). The lowly Jesus is victor. He has triumphed over sin and death and over the principalities and powers (represented by Caesar and his armies). Some of these scholars view this book as a nonviolent book (so not interpreted literally, which if interpreted literally is full of violence).

      So if the peace loving interpretation of Revelation is correct, then the book shows that Jesus (the peaceful, sacrificial lamb) is the kingly lion whose victory and whose reign of justice will be a reign of peace. Peace will be established at Jesus’ second advent (if Jesus rose from the dead and if he is returning: very big assumptions for which there is not a huge amount of evidence). Christians are called to live peacefully, now .

      Maybe, just maybe, Christians need to reorient how they read the bible and interpret it. All this ‘bloody’ violence needs to be toned down. Otherwise, forget the bible. It is a horror story.