To Live in God's Will
Feb 18, 2011 by Alex Mekonnen | 0 Comments
In my early years of Christian walk, I used to think that to believe in Jesus Christ and follow the will of our heavenly father is the most joyful, peaceful, and painless life to live for a child of God. Before too long, I learned that being a believer doesn’t put anybody in a dream world of perfection that is free from agony. As I grow older, I surprisingly and painfully discovered that to be in God’s will is much broader and deeper than I thought. Praying “…your will be done, on earth as in heaven…” is not an easy matter to utter. It requires mental and spiritual preparation to allow God’s will to be demonstrated in our life. The life of a disciple is difficult but by the grace of God it is bearable. One thing is true though, it is not a spiritual exercise that we engage in naively.
Jesus said; “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4”34).Therefore, the life of Jesus Christ can be a great model for us to understand the will of God and live it. But what does it involve to be in God’s will? When Jesus walk on the water, fed five thousand people with two loafs of bread and a couple of fish, raised Lazarus from the Dead. We can easily say it is great to be in God’s will. Everything is nice and pleasant. However, as we understand from the gospel, to be in God’s will is to be on the mount of transfiguration one day (Matt. 17:1-7) and be in Gethsemane on other day saying, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful , even to death…O My father, if this cup is cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it. Your will be done.” (Matt. 26:38, 42). If we can understand these two extreme facts of life and are willing to accept it, by the grace of God that can sustain us, faith will not be disappointing and confusing. So many “whys” that we often ask when things go wrong comes out of lack of understanding of God’s will.
One of the great and profound spiritual exercises of Paul was to be in the third heaven, paradise (1 Cor. 12:1-4). He was not sure whether he was in a body or outside of his body, but he was certain he heard “inexpressible” words from God. He was a man that the Lord used mightily in the history of Christianity. But he never denied or complained of the paradoxical nature of God’s will in his life. Perceiving himself as clay in the potter’s hand, he said; “…we have this treasure in the earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed, we are perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:7-9). Through ups and down of life, God’s grace was sufficient for Paul and God’s strength made perfect in Paul’s weakness (2 Cor. 12:9; Philippians 4: 12-13).
To be in the will of God is to patiently and faithfully press towards the mark during good and dark moments of our life. God is faithful to lead us through turbulent waters and storms of life as he is faithful to lead us to the green pasture.