By Pastor Dave
W3CP2 = The Will of God
C – Circumstances. God uses the circumstances of life to reveal his will to you, to guide you in his will, and even encourage you in the process of doing his will. You meet someone on the street, the phone rings, a circumstance of great blessing or tragedy opens the door or sets the stage for a phase of God’s will in your life.
The circumstance must always fall under the guidelines of the word of God. There is an important reason for this. Our sinful will can read into circumstances so we can conform God’s will to our desires. We can sometimes use what we call putting out the fleece. A boy in college wanted God’s blessing on marrying a certain girl. He said to his roommate, “The next person that calls I am going to marry.” He was waiting on his girlfriend to call. The only problem with that was that the next call was the pizza delivery guy calling on a pizza delivery. That was a true story. I guess we can scratch that circumstance. It is easy for us to manipulate circumstances and read into them. The circumstances must align with the word of God and its principles. It must be God behind the circumstance. God will confirm the circumstance by his word and his Spirit. The reason is Satan will make circumstances look really inviting and have them appear. They come from God but when you try the spirits and test the fruit of the circumstance against the word of God, you will see the difference. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Matthew 7:16a Ye shall know them by their fruits (I John 4:1).
This is why we need wisdom in our life so we can discern whether the circumstances are of God, this world, our selfish desires or the devil. Our world is made up of circumstances, events of life that we have to live through or make decisions on. It is the fabric of life that connects us to this world we live in. Solomon knew this so well at a very early age when God came to him in a vision and asked him what he wanted. 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge. Why? The kingdom was so great he wanted wisdom so he would know how to judge the people and make the right decisions. This is what we need to discern the circumstances of life and find God’s will in them. God gave Solomon wisdom and he will give us wisdom. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him (James 1:5). We need wisdom to discern which of the circumstances of life are God’s will for us and which ones will lead us off the pathway of God’s will. It was not wisdom that failed Solomon but his desire for strange women that got him off the path of God’s will in his life that we see in Ecclesiastes. By the end of Ecclesiastes wisdom brought him back. We hear him say in Ecclesiastes 12:1a Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth and in Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. Isn’t it interesting he says “Fear God.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7).
There is an old song that says, “I can see clearly now.” How we see the circumstances of life must be free from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust of it; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever (I John 2:16, 17). This is becoming free from ourselves so we can see the circumstances of life clearly for what they are. It is a stepping stone in the pathway of God’s will or quick sand that will destroy.
We need to be strong in the word of God so we can overcome the wicked one. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one (I John 2:14b). Satan will always offer us circumstances that will deceive us like he tried to do with Jesus in him temptation (Matthew 4:1-11). In verse 3 he challenged him to turn stones into bread because he was hungry and he had the ability because he was the Son of God. The desire for food can be pretty strong. Ask Esau. The circumstances presented it. Why not take it? It was not of God.
In verses 5 and 6, he challenged him to jump off the pinnacle of the temple, putting his father to the test to save him. Why not do it to prove his father cares? It was not of God. God’s love and care does not have to be proven. His word teaches that he loves us and we do not have to tempt him to prove it by listening to Satan.
In verses 8 and 9, he challenged him that if he bowed down and worshiped Satan, he would give him all the kingdom of the world and the glory of them. Sometimes Satan’s offer can be pretty tempting and sound good on the short term. Behind every circumstance is a question. If I choose this circumstance, will I worship and serve God or serve Satan and self? Jesus said no because it was not of God and he gave scripture.
This area can be very confusing to us unless we can figure out whether it is of God. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17). Remember every circumstance has one of three stamps stamped somewhere on the circumstance. They are Satan, self, or God and do not forget that.
One of the problems of our shallow Christianity today is that we are missing the obvious. Some circumstances are just plain bad. They will destroy us slowly or in a flash. That is why the Bible uses the word snare when it refers to certain circumstances that are presented to us. Here are some bad circumstances I have heard from people who thought it might be God’s will.
- In many churches it takes a minimum of 75% to call a pastor. On a vote a pastor got a 74.9% and the leadership asked if they should round it up. My answer was, “You should not round it up.”
- A man’s wife passed away and I told him he was free to remarry. He did but it was another man’s wife. His answer was, “God wants me to be happy.” My answer was, “God wants you to be holy.”
- A man asked me if it was God’s will to leave his wife and become a missionary. My answer was, “God does not want you to be a missionary but he wants you to be a good husband.”
- A pastor I knew took a call to a church because he could keep his good lease agreement on his car if he moved. My answer was nothing because I helped to talk him out of resigning about a year before when he lost his temper. He wanted out and got it and his next ministry did not last long.
These are just a few but there are so many more and you could add to the list as you have seen people you know that jump at circumstances and you said to yourself, “What were they thinking?” We can all in a moment in a laps of judgment fall like David. It is good to have a friend in your life that will give you advice truthfully like Micah did with Ahab and will point you to the scriptures and show you the consequences of choosing bad circumstances.
To be continued ………………..