Now more than ever, wouldn’t we like to know the will of God—yes,
what He’s planning on the world scene but even more,
what He’s planning for each of us personally.
Paul says we can: “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).
The result would be answered prayers! “This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know we have the petitions we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14).
The whole Bible – old and new testaments– expresses the will of God and we should live by every word of it (2 Timothy 3:16).
When it comes to a human will, relatives and friends might convene in a lawyer’s office for a reading of the will—to find out what the dearly departed has imparted. But our reading of God’s will should be daily.
Because Bible study is the primary way God speaks to us. A cartoon shows a man beseeching God “Talk to me!” A Bible falls from the sky.
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Where there’s a will … there’s a relative!
But with today’s bizarre proceedings, when you go into the reading of the will and look around the room at expectant faces, you might want to take note of any furry ones!
A four-year-old stray cat that was rescued from the streets of Rome inherited a $13 million fortune from its owner, the wealthy widow of an Italian property tycoon. Maria Assunta left the fortune to her beloved kitty Tommaso.
Kalu the chimp received an even greater windfall. His owner left him $80 million. Well, top dog for wealthy pets goes to Gunther IV, a German shepherd, who inherited $372 million.
Chump change! God’s will is not for animals but for us who are made in His image (Genesis 1:26). We are the relatives destined to be in His family. We can inherit the pearl of great price!
We have “The right to become children of God … not of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). Jesus Christ has predestined us to adoption as sons “according to the good pleasure of His will” (Ephesians 1:5).
Jesus said whoever does the will of God is His brother, sister or mother (Mark 3:35).
Obviously, we should be eager to do God’s will. We should be praying daily as Jesus instructed, “Your will be done on earth as in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Jesus said it’s not enough to say “Lord, Lord.” We must do the will of His Father in heaven (Matthew 7:21). Jesus set the example by not seeking His own will, but the will of the Father (John 5:30, 6:38).
Example of George Muller
George Muller, an English evangelist and philanthropist (1805-1898) who established orphanages and relied on God in faith to supply all the needs for them, wrote these helpful thoughts about how to seek God’s will:
“I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.
“Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions. I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God” (Answers to Prayer from George Müller’s Narratives compiled by A. E. C. Brooks. Chicago.: Moody Press, ca. 1897).
Yes, we can know God’s will. We pray for it. We study God’s Word for it.
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