By Patrick Hawthorne
The will of God… This can be a difficult subject. As Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “I believe that the two great doctrines of human responsibility and divine sovereignty have both been brought out more prominently in the Christian Church by the fact that there is a class of strong-minded hard-headed men who magnify sovereignty at the expense of responsibility…”
To walk in the will of God requires responsibility on our part. Take for example James 1:5. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who give liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him.” It is our Heavenly Father’s will that we have Godly wisdom. Otherwise He would not say to ask for it. Yet, it is our responsibility to ask.
This is further exemplified by Romans 12:1-2. Paul strongly urges the Church to present their bodies a living sacrifice. He goes on to write, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Why is this? It is so that “You (you as individuals) may prove (for yourselves) what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This is personal. This requires responsibility on our part.
What I have learned through the years is that most people, when searching for the will of God, are in fact searching out the will of God for their lives. I so wish I could say, “Go to this verse or that verse and all of your questions would be answered.” However, I cannot. For the will of God for me might not be the will of God for you. Not everything that is good is necessarily good for you if it takes you out of God’s planned desire for your life. An example I commonly use is that of the pastor. We would most likely agree that being a pastor is a good thing. However, for me to step into the role of a pastor would be a bad thing because I am not called to that role. For you to find answers concerning His personal will for your life requires you getting before Him in prayer and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
So, the question remains. Are there absolutes to God’s will? Let me ask you this question. If in the Old Covenant, God revealed Himself as “I Am,” would He still not be the “I Am,” of the New Covenant? Why of course He would. Jesus made it clear that He was, “I Am.”
Now, let’s take this one step further. If the great “I Am, also showed Himself to be Jehovah – The Lord – of the Old Covenant, would He not also be Jehovah – The Lord – of the New Covenant? Again the answer is, “Yes.” Jesus is our Lord and Savior.So, if you want to find the will of God in the New Covenant, find out who He called Himself in the Old Covenant. Of course, we must be careful keep things in their proper context.
Let me give you the first one. Begin with Genesis 21:14…Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will Provide. Can we find an example of the Lord providing in the New Covenant? Look at Philippians 4:19, “But, my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” There you have it. God’s providing for His children is His will. Notice I wrote provision and not your every want or desire. As my friend Wally Fry wrote, “God is not a cosmic vending machine.”
So, what are you waiting for? Get started finding out God’s will. Be blessed.