Have you ever wondered about the will of God? Christians must know how sweet the will of God is. It is important to our Christian living, and it is vital for us to understand it better. Jesus said in Mark 3:35, “whoever does the will of God, he is my brother, and sister and mother” (ESV). How comforting it is to know that Jesus can call us His own brother, sister, and mother if we do the will of God. But what does it mean to understand and obey the will of God? Finding the answer is not that difficult, and all we need to know is to turn our Bible to Matthew 21:32.
In Matthew 21:32, we can read about Jesus Christ rebuking the chief priests and elders for having failed to do the Father’s will. Jesus said that they “did not repent and believe.” By carefully examining this Bible verse, we can say that the most basic will of God is for us to repent from our sins and trust in the name of Jesus Christ. Accepting this truth and doing what Jesus said in this verse is basically accepting God’s will.
Anyone who receives Jesus Christ by faith has become a child of God (John 1:12). Our God is good and amazing. He always desires to lead his children onto the right path (Psalm 143:10). Knowing the path and accepting His will should be very easy for Christians since God has revealed His will to us and not hidden it from us. The Bible is filled with instructions that can lead us to the correct Biblical and Christian living. By reading God’s word, we can appreciate what we have. And giving thanks to the one who has given us life and provisions becomes a natural activity for us Christians if we read the Bible. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says that it is God’s will for us to give thanks in all circumstances. And that it is also God’s will that we are sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3). It is God’s will for us to do good works, kingdom works (1 Peter 2:15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.).
What is more interesting about the will of God is that it is not only knowable, but it is also provable. Paul wrote in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (ESV). As our minds become renewed and as we avoid being conformed to the pattern of this world, we Christians are then able to know the perfect will of our God.
Seeking the will of God is not prohibited; in fact, it is encouraged. Knowing and proving the will of God is not something that the Bible forbids. Understanding the will of God is profitable, and we gain eternal treasures and riches that are valuable in supplying us with the strength and wisdom to grow and develop. Following the will of God gives us an increase. Life becomes a lot better, and fighting trials and obstacles in life become easier. Knowing the will of God glorifies God, and every time we glorify God, we become more satisfied in Him. The more we are satisfied in God, the more we are able to taste and prove his good and perfect will.
Obeying the Will of God
The will of God protects us from making the wrong decisions in life. We are born to make choices, and if we submit to the will of God, He can save us from making poor decisions and going in the wrong direction that leads to destruction. Take note that God has His own ways of preventing us from making wrong decisions and choices (Acts 16:6-7). A safe and happy life is one that is rooted in the will of God. By knowing and discerning His will, choosing the right husband or wife, choosing the right career or job, choosing the right business, and choosing the best schools and universities out there becomes a lot easier. Our decisions in life become more reasonable if we follow the will of God. We then are able to live in confidence that no matter what the world is throwing at us, we know that the will of God is for our Good.
As we seek the will of God, let us become more patient. Remember that God reveals His will to us one step at a time. Each of these revelations is a move upward toward a stronger faith and a happier life. Continue to trust in the Lord, and there is no doubt that you will be able to live a happy, prosperous, and successful life. Do not forget that we are already given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.). As we know Christ, we also know the will of the one who has sent Him. Remember, the righteousness of Christ is in you and the righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight. Walk closely with the Lord and desire His will for your life, and you will have a very good life. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”