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Some Thoughts on the Will of God for a Christian
The will of God is like marriage. In marriage there are many facets of activity—the husband works, the wife may keep her house or also work. The parents spend time with their children; they fulfill many responsibilities and relationships and positions.
But none of these is the focal point of marriage. The marriage focal point is that intimate love relationship between man and wife, the tender affection at the core of marriage which gives meaning to all the other obligations of marriage, and without which nothing else in marriage has any significance.
So it is with the Will of God and the Christian. There are many earthly facets of activity to God's Will... “Where do I go Lord?... What shall I do, Lord?... How shall I do, Lord?... When shall I go, Lord?.. With what shall I accomplish this, Lord?”
But these are not the focal point of God's Will. The core of God’s Will is the intimate relationship of knowing God and being known of Him... loving Him, from which our obedience and sensitivity to His earthly plans awakens to respond. This love is the focal point which gives meaning to all earthly aspects of God's commands, and without which no obedience to God has any significance.
It has been said that marriage is not a matte r of finding the right person, but being the right person. Likewise, the Will of God is not a matter of finding out what God wants done. It is rather a matter of being that loving child of God who through his love for God becomes in turn responsive to His Lord's earthly wishes. Like marriage. God's Will is not founded upon the outward position, status, circumstances, activities, or responsibilities. It's first a matter of heart, after which all the rest falls into perspective.
This preponderance with earthly activity as the seat of God's Will has given us some foolish notions. Many talk of God's Will like some sort of boat that you can "get in" or "get out of" at will. This is nonsense. Can one step in and out of marriage at will? Hardly so.
Neither can we step in and out of God's Will. Once we're in, we're in. There's no getting out. Ask Jonah. And if we fail to co-operate in performing God's outward earthly plans, that does not put us out of His Will. It only makes us miserable in the face of His ongoing plans. Forbid the thought that our foolish weakness and rebellion could stymie God's eternal purposes.
God's Will is accomplished in spite of our failures as far as earthly things go. But at the heart of God's Will, our love for Him, here we see our stubbornness take its toll. Our failure to obey signals that our love for God has broken. And as a marriage gone sour, so is he whose love for God breaks, although God's plans continue to grind on in spite of him.
Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." This tells us that the fruit of true love is obedience to God's purposes. But it also tells us that the fruit of God's plans for our lives is founded in the root of our love for Him. Where there is no root, there is no fruit. Where there is no love for God, there is no obedience; and there is no further revealed plan to us.
And so, if we have a problem in understanding God's earthly plans and responding to His direction, it is only because we have a problem at the root of God's will, that is, our love for Him. If we would cure the fruit, let us mend the root.
To sum, then, the Will of God for a Christian is not in an earthly set of activities. That is superficial. Rather, the Will of God for a Christian is a matter of the heart's love for God alone, from which all earthly occupations spring in their natural bloom. And to know the Will of God is not to seek the Will of God, but to seek after the God of Will with all our hearts and souls and minds and strength; with all of our wills. Then, and only then shall we know the Will of God... and that without a second thought.
PS- Let's consider one more thing in closing. Perhaps it is so that God often will purposely hide His earthly will from us until the last minute just to teach us that what God wants done is not to be sought as an end in itself. By hiding it from us, He brings us to depend on Him personally in love, not seeking the purpose of God, but rather seeking the God of all purpose. And just think how little attention we would give personally to God Himself if we always knew all the time what He wanted us to do. Our concentration would be absorbed in the "What of God,” and not in the "Who of God."
Thank you Lord for bringing us to the end of our own selves, that we might be brought unto Thee, who art our All in All.
written at Greenville, South Carolina
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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