By Pastor Dave
Perfect Will of God
There is no sweeter place. Whom, having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, no safer place (1 Peter 1:8). He who dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1). No stronger place. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)? The only place to be restored to when we have fallen from his will. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me, (Psalm 51:10). No place of greater peace than the perfect will of God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
God’s perfect will is when God’s sovereign, God’s general, and God’s specific wills come together in the symphony of perfection for our lives. The true secret to life is to stay in the center of God’s perfect will as much as we can. It is a daily process, and sometimes at various crossroads of life’s decisions in a moment we may choose as believers to step out or stay in as Esther decided to stay in. If I perish, I perish (Esther 4:16).
God desires to have control over every part of our life and whole being. I am a tri-cotomist.
In our spirit – I Peter
In our soul
Mind – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1).
Will –Know ye not that to whole ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness (Romans 6:16)?
Emotions –If there be, therefore, any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels, and mercies, Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind (Philippians 2:1, 2).
In our bodies – What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost who is in you, whom ye have of God, and ye are not your own (I Corinthians 6:19)?
Even when we are hurting or lonely or rejected by friends and the world, if we are right before God and yielded to him, we are in his perfect will. Our spirit, soul, and body may not understand but if we are yielded to him we are where he wants us and in his perfect will. To be yielded to God means three things:
- Are you willing to go anywhere God wants you to go? It does not matter the place just so he is there. Let me ask you a question. If we are in the boat with Jesus, as the disciples were in Luke 8:22-25, does it really matter where we are going if Jesus is with us? Does not his presence make our destination worth more than anywhere we would go without him?
- Are you willing to do anything God wants you to do? What could be more important than what God wants you to do? When it is all said and done, if God has our best interest at heart, do you think doing what he wants us to do over what we want to do would be more fulfilling and be a life better spent? The secret is to put our desires in line with his desires for our life and you will have Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. When God asks you to do what he wants over what you want, you have to think of his whole scope of character. In his request, he wants only the very best for you. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
- Are you willing to wait as long as it takes for God? When I ask people these three question, I feel that the first two would be the hardest but I often find time and again it is the last one that holds the toughest challenge. We are an impatient people! We feel that he never will do it, he will forget us, or we will miss his will.
When you look in the Bible you will find many people who miss God’s perfect will because they could not wait on God’s timing. Esau could not wait for the blessing so he sold his birthright. Saul lost his kingdom because he could not wait for Samuel. The Israelites would not go into the Promise Land when God asked because of the giants, and had to die in the wilderness over the next 40 years. These are some illustrations that show how it cost people permanently because they could not wait on God. Some lost his perfect will temporarily and, like David, were able through repentance to be returned to the perfect will of God. Waiting is hard! It takes faith and trust in God. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
It is never the fact that God will not perform his part in giving us his will. The question is do we have the faith to wait on God for as long s it takes for him to work? The weakness lies not in him but in whether or not we can wait. You will never be forgotten for one second in God’s plan for you.
I wonder how many unhappy marriages there are today because someone could not wait for God’s timing. We have too many divorces in Christianity today. If we could teach people to find God’s will, wait for it, and stay in his will this would be a great help to the church today. How many dating relationships entered into the physical before marriage and were out of the general will of God for a believer? Sexual promiscuity not only affects our relationship with God before marriage, but also has ramifications in the relationship after marriage. Guilt afterwards affects the bedroom as well as when the physical attraction subsides somewhat after marriage. The shallowness of the decision is revealed.
Sometimes we hurry into marriage for other reasons. If I do not marry, this may be my last chance. My biological clock is ticking. If I do not marry this person what will become of them. They need me. I have seen so many lost puppy marriages. Sad! Sometimes I want to scream! Wait on God! If he can run the universe, he can handle who you marry if you are to be married.
One last thought for those of you that feel you missed God’s will in this area. Do not despair! When you got married, that person became God’s will in your life. He will work with and restore you to wholeness and my prayer is that he will restore your marriage too. You can get back into God’s perfect will when we repent of our sinful decisions. David did. So can you. You work on your marriage and God will bless you. Be faithful and if your marriage ends let it not be you that wants to end it. You can not make someone stay in a marriage. No matter what happens, do right on your part and God will bless you once again with his perfect will. If you are in this situation, take hope! Tell young people to wait on God and seek his will over their will. Finding God’s will for our lives and staying in his perfect will saves us so much heartache in our lives as well as our families.
To be continued ………………..