By Pastor Dave
There is often discussion on the subject of God’s will, its struggle, its process and begs the question, can someone really know or find God’s will? What does it look like when you get his will? I believe God’s will has many layers. It is more of a process and may have many stages. It can be long term and short term and as I learned in my life “the river turns many ways.” It is a journey with many stops on the way to its final destination. It may be practical and sometimes appearing mystical, obvious and sometimes elusive but always attainable. There is no safer place in this world other than the center of God’s will. There are conditions and commands along the way. There are parts of God’s will you have no control over and never will.
Be patient because it may appear complex at first and raise more questions but trust me it will become simpler in the end when you hear it all laid out. Because of previous books, you may say he is this type or that but I only ask you to hear me out. I hope it will be biblical, spiritual, practical, and attainable but also reduce some of your stress, fear and anxiety over this subject we call “finding God’s will.”
I have been called an idealist, purist, and romantic which can be dangerous but I also have a great desire to know the truth about matters and how it applies to works in real everyday life. Sometimes our faith has theory but it must flesh out and pass the test of everyday life. James said in James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yes I have faith but let me show you my faith by my works not because of my works. David cried in Psalm 27:11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in the plain path. I have always felt the call of destiny in my life even when I did not know the Lord in the orphanage. I just did not understand what it was. When I was 17, in my senior year at Milton Hershey School, I memorized a poem that has stuck with me all my life even though I could not understand it at the time.
A Bag of Tools
“Isn’t it strange how princes and kings,
and clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
and common people, like you and me,
are builders for eternity?
Each is given a list of rules;
a shapeless mass; a bag of tools.
And each much fashion, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a Stepping-Stone.”
When I was saved at 23, God began to allow me to slowly see my destiny. The one person I must credit with teaching me the process of finding God’s will for my life was George Mueller. He ranks in my top ten book list (other than the Bible). I read George Mueller the Man from Bristol and 25,000 Recorded Answers to Prayer by George Mueller. These books forever changed my thinking on this subject with his philosophy rooted deep in the scriptures. Its practical application in life cannot be damaged by anyone. George Mueller had 2,000 children in his orphanage and asked no one for money but depended on God to provide. He wanted to show that we can have full dependency on God. He will guide and direct in our lives and the faith of our Christianity can be backed up in our works in everyday life by God providing for us and guiding us through life’s journey according to the scriptures. In simple terms he guides, provides, and picks up the tab when we are in his will.
Jonah should have learned this when he went away from God’s will. Literally when he went to Joppa he went in the opposite direction and also had to pick up the tab himself let alone the grief that comes when we reject his perfect will for our lives. He should have known you cannot thwart the sovereign will of God no matter who you are.
In the back of George Mueller’s book, 25,000 Recorded Answers to Prayer, there are some thoughts on how to find the will of God. I have taken those thoughts and added some and put them in a math type formula to remember them as well as my other studies on the subject of God’s will. The math formula is W3CP2 = The Will of God.
I have never made a wrong career move and I have the joy and purpose in the Lord like the first day I was saved. It has become clearer and it has deepened as the years go by. I have found my place in God’s order and his will fills me with great joy. I have not climbed the mountain of my goals and felt emptiness at each summit but only joy and peace. Yes, I have struggled in sorrows and hard times. I have gotten to what appeared a dead end street but God was always there and guided me as in Hebrews 13:5b I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. At times the struggle that comes with finding God’s will in my life seems hard. I found that the struggle actually drove me to my knees in prayer to God which eventually revealed the pot of gold in that part of my life. My only prayer is that I may continue in God’s will for the rest of my journey in life and not go my own way and ruin it. I want to end a good and faithful servant. Finding God’s will in life will cost you struggles but not more than you can bear in him. Struggles sometimes are confused with emptiness, disenchantment, loss of hope, and lack of faith which is what we experience when we are outside his perfect will. The outline of God’s will looks like this:
- God has a sovereign will
- God has a general will
- God has a specific will
- God has a perfect will
- God has a permissive will
I believe we can find and experience God’s will in the scriptures that are related to life. I believe we as Christians can get out of God’s will but no matter what the circumstances are, we can repent and turn back to God. God can not only pick us up and put us back in wherever we are at but even use that lost time for his glory. Although we can know his will and do it, his sovereign will is exclusive to him. We can never over turn it and it is his choice how much of it he wants to reveal.
To be continued ……………