“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 KJV
As Christians we want to be Christ-like and obedient to the will of our Father. We have the choice to obey or not. I posted about obedience being an act of faith, and this is not a post about that (feel free to go back and read it ‘Grace and Obedience to Faith’). Although this is about obedience, it is about the will of God.
Jesus was “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42 KJV
Jesus understood the will of God and understood the magnitude of what it was. None the less Jesus submitted to God’s will.
I am a scrapper, a fighter, and a strong willed survivor. I am prone to arguing with God when he tells me his will. And I am not as graceful as Jesus was. I tend to be more of a Jonah – running the other way and after a bit of lesson learning, I show up and do God’s will, while standing there dripping of whale vomit – just like Jonah. Don’t be a Jonah – whale vomit is gross.
I am surprised I do not walk with a limp from wrestling with the angels – I am surprised God still loves me and wants to use me. He gives me tasks and I argue. I start the task and beg for it taken away. I get back on course and then throw a temper tantrum and stop. Ya know what I am saying?
God has saved us by grace – given us gifts and blessings – promised us protection. I could make a list miles long of all the goodness of God! He even says it is not by our works, but a free gift to us, free to us because someone else paid for it – Jesus did – on the cross.
But the whole work of the cross was so GOD could reconcile his relationship with mankind (and womankind). When we say we accept Jesus as our savior and want to be made new – we sign up for a relationship with God through Christ Jesus. Are you following this? Jesus shows us how to be – we are Christians and therefore striving to be Christ-like. Are you seeing an action here – ownership – and obedience, moreover submission to God’s will?
“13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” James 4:13-15 KJV
It is good for us to plan, but only if God wills it. Like Jesus said “Not my will, but thy will be done”.
So what is the will of God? How do we submit to it? The best way to know the will of God is to pray like Matthew 6:10 says: “Thy will be done” then read our Bibles. The bible is full of promises which show what we must do to receive them. The bible is full of directions on how to live Christ-like. We should be opening it daily to learn and hear from God.
Let me share some of the verses that are very literal in what God wills:
“3 For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 That no [man] go beyond and defraud his brother in [any] matter: because that the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
Well, this seems like the very basics of Sunday school lessons – try to be good – be obedient to the commands of the apostles and manage through by grace, practice and resisting the devil, and through the help of the Holy Spirit.
We could elaborate on these – the first three verses are about the lusts of the flesh and the way they are worded ensures it covers everything from an obvious sin of adultery and fornication to the ones that are more subtle and have snuck into our society as a common practice, like internet affairs and/or lude pictures sent. These three verses say a lot and the next speaks to tempting, offending, and defrauding others, but this isn’t a post about sexual morality. This is about being willing to submit to God when in a situation when the flesh wants to do its thing. Not my will, but thy will oh Lord!!
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV
During this pandemic, are you thanking God for it? When you agree or disagree with our government leaders are you thanking God for it? Here is a hard one for me: when the CBC making changes to infection control laws that you know put people at risk – am I thanking God for it? Oof – yea, thank you God; not my will but your will as you have not put me in a position to effect change on it.
When we sit down at a large family gathering with abundant food it is so easy to say grace before that meal – when you have a can of beans in the cupboard and nothing else, can you say the same grace of thanksgiving for the provisions provided? Beans would not be my will, but maybe that is God’s will.
Practicing this, obediently, will transform your thinking and you will see God’s wisdom and His love for you through it. Which, by the way is also his will.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 KJV
As we work out our salvation with fear and trembling – submitting to God is essential to power, love and peace. Wait – haven’t I been speaking about these three often lately??? Oh yea, we overcome fear with power, love and a sound mind (peace).
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
As you can see here – God also wills that we overcome fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of financial insecurity, fear of a virus, and all fear. He does say 365 times in the Bible: “Fear not”
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].” Ephesians 5:17 KJV
And once you get direction and know his will – be more than obedient, submit to it. He has your best intentions in mind. He is working all things out for the good. The power of God in your life, and in my life, comes from submitting to his will. God is calling us to submit more – and when you think you have submitted enough or even all – he still wants more. As humans I am not sure we can reach full submission, yet we must try. He is moving right now – we need to be ready for what he has next!
~Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91 ~