Ever heard someone say (or perhaps even yourself), “I’m trying to figure out what the will of God is.”? I get terribly distracted sometimes in my Bible reading and decide to do a topical study on something that I’ve been contemplating. Recently, the topic in my life is exactly that – the will of God. But you know what I realized?
The will of God isn’t something that’s an absolute mystery.
It’s not something that we have to somehow figure out for ourselves.
Scripture plainly tells us what the will of God is!
Anyway, here’s some of my notes/thoughts on this that I thought I’d post here. Forgive my ramblings or if thoughts seem disconnected:)
The Will of God Throughout Scripture
God’s will is “His eternal purpose, according to the counsel of His will, whereby, for His own glory, He hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, q. #7)
God’s will is: His instructions concerning how people should believe and behave.
How may we discern the will of God? By being set apart and by daily renewing our minds with the Word of God (Romans 12:2).
“Do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:17
Well, what is the opposite of folly?
Where does wisdom resound?
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” – Psalm 111:10 & Proverbs 9:10
The apostle Paul prayed that “God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.” – Colossians 1:9
Now, what does that mean?
To put it frankly, this is the will of God:
-our sanctification and our holiness (1 Thess. 4:3,7)
-that we might abstain from sexual impurity (1 Thess. 4:3)
-that we might be self-controlled in holiness and in honor (1 Thess. 4:4)
-that we would rejoice always (1 Thess. 4:16)
-that we would pray without ceasing (1 Thess 4:17)
-that we would give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 4:18)
-that we would do good (and this put to silence the foolish of ignorant people) (1 Pet. 2:15)
-that we would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:9-10)
-that we would bear fruit in every good work (Col. 1:9-10)
-that we would increase in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:9-10)