Walking in God’s Will

By Patrick Hawthorne

earthThe 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.

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20 comments on “Walking in God’s Will
  1. Mel Wild says:

    “To walk in the will of God requires responsibility on our part. ”

    Amen. We’ve inherited a fatalistic view of sovereignty in the West (which actually comes from Aristotle). God is sovereign, but He sovereignly choose to give us free will because of love.

    If God’s will was always done, we wouldn’t need to pray, “Your will be done.” Jesus and Peter and Stephen accused the Pharisees of “always resisting the will God.”

    He empowers by His grace but we must respond. Good stuff, Patrick!

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  2. “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.”

    This was really good. That’s a very subtle distinction that can be hard to grasp. A few times I have been searching for the will of God in my life, “what do you want me to do with this situation,” and the answer has been “nothing.” God’s will was already in play, my will was not a part of it. I swear, there is nothing more maddening…. 🙂

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    Amen, brother. Well said for sure.


  4. Andy Oldham says:

    This was one of your best post ! Lots to think about and start looking up😄


  5. I like the way you break this down in a practical sense. This is certainly an aspect of life that one struggles with ever so often. Sometimes, we want to convince God to endorse what we want as His will for us and it may not be where he wants us.


  6. SLIMJIM says:

    Love that quote from Spurgeon. I totally believe in God’s sovereignty, but we must never see it as an excuse or escape hatch from personal responsibility.


  7. Terri Nida says:

    As usual, very well done. Keep writing because it inspires so many.


  8. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

    Great article. Like you stated, our calling may differ but our purpose is the same – glorify God in all that He asks us to do.


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