By Pastor Dave
Specific Will of God (con’t)
Another area of God’s specific will is who we choose to be friends with and receive counsel from. I believe God brings specific people into our lives to help us and sometimes we help them. Iron sharpeneth iron. We may enjoy them or they may be there to help us grow and shape us. Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Proverbs 27:6). When I want God’s will in my life, God sends specific people into my life for a reason. The Bible says in I Corinthians 13:33 Be not deceived: Evil communications corrupts good manners. Bad friendships, like bad marriages, can pull us out of the will of God. I always encourage parents to pick their children’s friends for them until they are ready to do so on their own. If you seek God’s will, he will send the right people into your life.
I believe I am a pastor because God called me to be a pastor. God may call you to be a business man, housewife, teacher, mechanic or artist. Paul talks of his specific calling. It may be the same calling your whole life or he may change it and call you to do different vocations in various seasons of life. They are all ordered and planned by God. I meet so many people that hate what they do. There are some people that are not happy with anything and are never content. They have other spiritual problems that cause this. I am talking about people that are miserable because they are in the wrong profession. They have missed their calling and are just existing and not really living. If we could help as many people as we can, to find the will of God in their lives, we would provide a great service to mankind itself. I believe we can do that by teaching people how to find his will and calling for their life.
The local church in the scriptures is pictured like a body, everyone having a specific role like the hand, the eye, and the foot, all important in its task. I believe we play a similar role in the universal body of Christ in this world. Each of us plays a particular role to advance the cause of Christ and bring Glory to his name and joy, purpose, and fulfillment to our lives so that we do not just exist but live our lives to the fullest. There is nothing sweeter to know you are being used of God and you are doing his bidding in this world. I hope this not only explains the will of God but shows you the process of finding it.
God’s specific will may allow you to be used for a specific moment as a Christian. I cannot say if this happens in every Christian’s life and yet I cannot say it does not happen in every Christian’s life. It is those watershed moments that God turns history by using one of his children to stand in the gap. Some of these moments we may never know until we get to heaven. Others he allows us to know through scripture and recorded history. Examples of those specific moments: When David killed Goliath, when Moses parted the Red Sea, when Gideon defeated the Midianites with 300 men. The classic poster child for this is Esther. Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this (Esther 4:14)? That is a specific moments. History is filled with them also.
It is something we all dream of, to be the one chosen of God to stem the tide. Like the little girl who stood up in a church service and said, “I love you Lord Jesus with all of my heart” and the Welsh Revival began. How can this be? It does not mean any of us are less important to God but he does use his servants at his choosing for specific moments in his will to greatly glorify himself.
He chooses by the heart not by outward appearance. Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this one (I Samuel 16:9). He often chooses the unheralded of the world not the wise or mighty. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are, That no flesh should glory in his presence (I Corinthians 1:25-29). God may choose you someday to be the one in his specific moment. Whether great or small, they will be bench mark moments for his glory and your blessing. Embrace it if it comes your way as a believer.
The specific will of God is:
- Daily – Yielding our will to God daily so he can guide us to do specific tasks
- Preparatory – Using events in our life to prepare us for his future will
- His tailored plan
- Specific places for you to go
- Specific people to be with
- Specific mate
- Specific friends
- Specific things to do
- Specific calling – Your vocation in life
- Specific moments – When God uses you in his will in a bench mark moment
I find the specific will of God fascinating. God loves to use his children to do his will on earth. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
To be continued ………………..