I’ve discovered a couple of things that add clarity to those subjects. In this article I hope to effectively communicate those realities so that they will become like fresh bread for your own pursuits in life.
Discovery #1: The idea of “God’s Will” is different in the Scriptures than we often think of it today.
When we read the words. God’s will, we typically think it is a revealing of God’s sovereignly determined path, or His command to be obeyed. It, therefore, is our job to find it or be out of God’s will and consequently be walking in disobedience.
There is an aspect of the truth about His determined purposes in Christ that will happen. However, the original meanings of the English word for “will” were:
That would make the Lord’s Prayer read like this, “Your Kingdom come, Your pleasure be done on earth…”
Being God, He could dictate His desires, right? Right. He could. But, that’s not His pleasure in working with His Sons and Daughters. There are a multitude of ways God’s pleasure for us can be fulfilled.
We are His family, created in His image. We’ve been given choices with a multitude of ways to please Him. It’s about living life with our Heavenly Father. It’s about discovering a vast variety of ways to do that.
God’s Will Isn’t Lost.
I read a testimonial about a dedicated woman of God that I highly respect. As she was praying about a teaching she was about to give, she asked the Lord, “What do you want me to teach about?” She sensed Him saying, “What do you want to teach about?” She responded, “I’ve been thinking about (a subject). She sensed the Lord respond, “Good subject. I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.” She then said, “Would You guide me?” His reply was, “Sure, if you’d like. I’d be happy to.”
Discovery #2: God’s will is best heard.
In the picture of the girl in this article, she is using the universal sign for “Call me.” The message behind it is, “Let’s talk.”
The very definition of the Greek words for “church” means “out called.” Our purpose as “the called” is our vocation. The word vocation is rooted in the word voice.
A great deal of information can be relayed by written words, but clarity of those words depends on person to person contact. Written words alone can mean so many different things, depending on how the reader interprets the words.
There have been countless friendships broken or damaged through social media sites like Facebook. Don’t misunderstand (which proves my point). I’m not saying Facebook has no value. I’m saying that real world relationships are dependent on face to face interaction.
In my humble opinion, that’s why there are so many divisions in the church world. Everyone is reading the same text, and dividing over what it actually means.
Let me ask a question. Which relationship will prosper most between a husband and wife. One where all the two do is write letters to each other for communication, or where the two sit and converse with each other?
Conversing brings about clarity of understanding. And, it’s the same with our relationship with the Lord.
I know a man that loved a woman. His desire was to do anything for her that she desired. But, he also said something very insightful. He said, “I can’t read a crystal ball. You are going to have to tell me what you want.” Because this was about a love relationship, he didn’t mean that he wanted her to just leave him notes with her instructions on them. Talk. Conversation implied.
The best way to discover God’s will, purpose, and desire for your life is to hear Him talk to you about it. It will all come out in your conversations with Him about life that happens all around you every day.
God’s Saying, “Call Me…Let’s Talk”
Remember: The Church are “Called.” They hear voices! 🙂
Just a suggestion. Start the conversation with a hug. It’s easy. Just imagine how you give your husband, wife, child, or friend a real hug and then imagine that.