Thursday, April 21, 2011

How to Know the Will of God

"What is God's will for my life?" This is a question that many of us have asked at one time or another. Some people will say that they are looking for the will of God, searching for the will of God, or trying to find the will of God. This causes us to ask "Is God's will lost?" Has He placed His will in some obscure place, making it hard to find or could it be that we are the ones who have complicated this subject. Is the will of God a mystery or is it something that each of us can learn and follow. These verses here in Acts 9 and the conversion of Saul of Tarus help shed some liht on this very subject.

The first thing that stands out is the question of God's will is not the first question Saul asked. His first question when struck down by that great light is "Who are YOU Lord?" I think the lesson here is very important. We must know the Lord personally and intimately before we can ever learn what He wants us to do! Recently it was brought to my attention that the verse in Jeremiah 29:11 that reads, "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and a hope," usaully when that verse is quoted or put on a plack the part that is missing is the "says the LORD." The part that emphasizes the LORD, Jehovah, the God of relationships. The One who is so interested in each one of us and in our futures. He is more concern about our marriage partner than we are, and of our shcooling or employement. So the first question we should ask, the first thing we ought to pursue is who is God!

In Jeremiah 9:23-24 the Lord reminds us "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me. That I am the Lord, excercising loving kindness, judgement and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the LORD." The Lord desires for us to know Him! We can never completely understand or even know Him fully, but His desire is for us to know His character, to know what He is like. He desires to reveal Himself to each one of His servants. Moses experience this in Exodus 33-34, when he asked to see God's glory. The LORD said, I will make all My goodness pass before you and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you...But He said, You can not see my face, for no man shall see me and live." So He placed Moses in the cleft of the rock to protect him from His glory. As the LORD passed by Moses learn the very character of God for the LORD proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving inquity and transgressions and sin, by no means clearing the guilty..." Learning the character of the LORD caused Moses to worship His God! But it is not only had a vertical affect it also had a horizontal impact on his attitude toward the people of God!

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