If It’s God’s Will…
First let me get out of the way that I believe in the sovereignty of God on all that occurs in this entire vast universe He has created. However, I have noticed in the lives of many Christians (including myself) we can toss around the phrase “If it’s God’s will…” In all truth that phrase is completely true. God is in control, and if He wants something to happen on this earth then it will happen in spite of us. However, let us not begin to use the phrase to excuse laziness. I noticed that many people say this exact thing in situations that will never occur unless they get up and do something or God literally drops it into their lap. God’s will becomes something we cannot know anything about at all or just a big waiting game. Please don’t think I am bashing on you if you’ve done this because I am guilty myself of doing this exact thing.
Let me give you an example. I was walking by an extremely dirty homeless man eating old pieces of corn next to the trash. Across from him was a cart selling the exact thing he was eating but fresh. A thought crossed my mind that I should buy him some fresh corn to eat rather than eat out of the trash. However, I have to admit, with shame, that I let my thoughts get the best of me. In the end, I was hoping something obvious would happen so I would know what to do but sadly enough I just walked right by heading onto my business at hand. I am pretty sure I would never be embarrassed to stand before God and know that I have fed the poor and homeless, but I know for a fact I would regret facing God having skipped an opportunity to love another human being for the sake of Christ.
What Is God’s Will?
“The way to find God’s will is to do God’s will for the next 15 minutes.”
Can we know God’s will? Yes, we can. I think often when people speak of God’s will it is more in a very vague, mystical way. It is something that is hard to figure out and takes a lot of work. Some people say that it is when we have a peace in our heart, hear a voice, etc. I believe God is capable of communicating His will in any manner He desires. However, I think we often ignore the most obvious way of knowing His will…the Bible. It is summed up well by David Platt who said, “If you are asking for God’s will, but not obeying God’s Word then we got it all wrong.” Please don’t get me wrong, I do not believe God is incapable of speaking to us in many ways, but I think we should start with the most obvious. There is much to learn from the Bible on how to live, act, and speak. Also, sometimes it is easy with the wrong view of God’s will to do nothing when faced with a decision.
Let’s Get Intentional
In the end, the danger I see in misunderstand what it means to seek God’s will is that we often don’t do anything. We wait for God to bring His will our way. The beautiful part is that we have a loving God that does bring His will our way at times. However, I feel I have missed out on many wonderful, life-chafing things because I didn’t intentional pursue God’s will. It is much easier for me to sit around hoping God will bring opportunities or people to myself. Some of the most awesome interactions with people, relationships built, or opportunities to be Christ to another have come when I stepped out into a situation I know from the truths of the Bible. I guess what I hope for all who followers of Christ (and for myself) is that we would see the adventure we could have by pursuing intentionally and passionately what we do know is God’s will.