Seeking God’s will can be one of the greatest errors in a Christian’s life. Why, you may ask? Well, before I answer that, let me ask you a question. Is God Himself your priority or just God’s will?
“How can I know God’s will?” How often I’ve been on the delivering AND receiving end of that question. How many prayers have been prayed over that very subject – and rightly so. Every sincere christian should be concerned about following God’s will. After all, it is the one right path for our lives.
Consider the following verses:
Psalm 143:10 (KJV)
10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God:
Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
Ephesians 5:17 (KJV)
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Colossians 1:9 (KJV)
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Beginning in Genesis 12, Abraham (or Abram before his name was changed) began to receive instruction and promises from The Lord. One of those promises specifically dealt with his son-to-be. Abraham was getting older and he and his wife Sarah (or Sarai) had yet to have their own children. The more time passed the more God’s will seemed to slip away.
That’s when it happened – PLAN “B” entered the story. In Genesis 16, Sarah introduces a new plan. If it is God’s will for a son to be born, and if Sarah still hasn’t naturally had any children, we need an alternative.
Our adversary, the devil (yes I know it’s not capitalized – that’s on purposes!) is great at introducing alternatives to God’s perfect will. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been presented with a plan “B” right before God’s plan “A” reaches fulfillment.
Abraham accepts the alternative. Sleep with a servant named Hagar and have a son named Ishmael. It’s a son isn’t it? He has Abraham’s DNA right? So what’s so wrong with it?
Plan “B” left out at least 50% of the miracle God intended! Sarah was a vital part of the miracle! The greatest error, I believe, was when Abraham went after God’s will instead of God Himself.
THE WILL OF GOD OR GOD HIMSELF?
I take nothing away from the greatness of Abraham. His faith was considered righteousness by God. He was very close to The Lord for much of his life, but here, if but for only a moment, he valued God’s will greater than God Himself.
This begs the question: “Do you want God’s will or God Himself?” Are you more interested in what God can do FOR you or who He is TO you.
THE AUTOMATIC DOOR
You’ve seen them. You’ve used them. Walk up to the grocery store and a sensor says you’re ready to enter. Much of God’s will relates the same way. We walk with God, and as we do, His will opens up to us as we approach.
Seek God = receive His will. We all want to know what door we should take. Which path is right? Who should I marry? And the list goes on. The real question is, “How can I know Jesus more?” God’s will is an automatic door if you walk with Him.
For Enoch, God took him right into Heaven. For Peter, obeying Jesus’ command to “wait for the promise” put him in a place to preach to thousands.
Stop stressing over God’s will! Focus on strengthening your relationship with Him, obey even the little things, and His doors will open to you. Walk with God and He will place the right people and opportunities in front of you!
What situations have you encountered concerning God’s will in your life? How have you experienced the leading of The Lord?
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