Romans 11:33 – 12:2 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? … 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Philippians 2:12-13 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Hebrews 5:14 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
How do you recognize the will of God when you see it? We may be committed to obeying God, but often we are not exactly clear on what God wants us to do. Here are a few reasons we get confused about God‘s will:
Our life experiences, traditions, and emotions unduly affect our view of God’s will. It is true, Philippians tells us God works his will into us, but we may wrongly assume that God‘s will must be that one thing that we don‘t want to do, especially if it does not ‘fit’ with our past experiences or comfort!
•We make decisions based on extra biblical ideas. Asking for or looking for a sign after God has given us direction from his Word is to test Him, or to delve into spiritualism that is contrary to God’s revealed will and ways.
•We forget to consider whether a decision aligns with God‘s calling on our life. God has prepared and gifted us to serve in his church in particular ways. There is a niche we each fill as an individual and together as a church.
•We only seek God in ‘emergencies’. If we are walking in the Spirit and in a pattern of obedience in a consistent manner, God’s desires can actually become our desires. But this does not usually happen by casually approaching God as a ‘last resort’. It is the result of being trained by his Word through “constant practice”.
•We choose logic, planning, and opinion over simple obedience. God is a God of logic and strategic planning (he invented it), but he is not bound by our thinking, he does not consider our plans as a requisite for his plans, and he does not lead according to the latest opinion polls. We must remember that Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh; “Jesus prayed ―If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me”; and Ananias did not want to go see Paul (Acts 9:10-17). It may be so with us. Obedience is our first guide to finding God’s will.
Today, be a ‘living sacrifice’ and walk in that part of God’s will that you do know as you seek more time with God in his Word. Expect God to increasingly work his will into your life, revealing that part of his will that you do not yet know. Sacrificially living for Jesus is our true, spiritual worship.