This is PART 2 of the 5 PART Series titled “Lessons on Finding and Fulfilling God’s Will”.
Lessons on Finding & Fulfilling God’s Will – PART 2
God has a plan and design for your life. You are not a leaf that fell by chance to be scattered by the wind. Scripture says the steps of a good man are “ordered” by the Lord (Psalm 37:23). Much of the will of God is wrapped up in becoming the Christian we ought to be. If are being the Christian we should be, we will be doing what we should do and end up where we ought to end up.
Psalm 32:8, I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. If you have ever had trouble determining God’s will for your life you’re not alone. How in the world do we know what God wants? To know God’s will, we must totally surrender to God’s will. Too often, our tendency is to make God’s decision for Him. When we walk, we do so because we are headed somewhere. That is direction. God has promised to instruct us and guide us in the way we should go. That guidance is by His very omniscient eye. He who knows all and sees all knows far better than we, the path to take.
We should never go to God with options and expect Him to choose one of our preferences. When we go to Him, we should approach Him with empty hands—no hidden agendas, no crossed fingers, nothing behind your back. Go to Him with a willingness to do whatever He says. If you surrender your will, then He will “make you perfect in every good work to do his will,…” Hebrews 13:21
How do we receive this direction from the Lord?
A light on a path simply shows us the direction in which we are going, but a lamp shows us the next step. A light, no matter how bright, will not show us all the twists and turns ahead on the road, but it will give us a general sense of direction. Notice: That is what the Bible does. It lights the sinners path to Christ; it lights the Christians path to glory. Proverbs 4:18, But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Psalm 37:23, The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Psalm 119:101, I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. Psalm 133, Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 16:9, A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. When we follow the guidance of Scriptures, we will never get off track.
The only way to guarantee that we do not go off track is to have the truth that will guide us. Just as a compass can guide us through dark and uncharted paths, God’s Word can guide us through uncertain and difficult circumstances. Therefore, we must simply trust it—over our feelings, over our own wisdom, and over contrary advice others may give us. Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is without error, and we can always trust it.
The Bible does not unroll the whole map of life before us. If it did we would be too scared because we would see the tests, trials, and deep dark valleys along the way. God did not begin with Abraham by asking him to give up his son, but he did by asking him to give up his father. Years later he asked him to offer up his son.
Keep a list of particular passages that have given you direction. The Scriptures help you see where your feet are standing and where the path leads. God may not show you miles ahead on the path, but He’ll show you the next step. God does not give roadmaps, but, as you follow Him, He will reveal His will unto you. In the wilderness wanderings, He used a pillar of cloud by day and fire at night (Exodus 13:21).
PRAYER: Lord, Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Thank You that You don’t leave me in the dark, alone. You give me light. Your Word instructs me. Help me to follow Your Word. May Your will be done on earth and in my life, In Jesus name I pray, AMEN!
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