Knowing God's Will
So often we struggle with knowing God’s will for our lives. We want to know what the future holds. What’s going to happen to us next year or ten years from now? Who will we marry? How many children will we have? Does God want me to go into ministry or not? If so, which ministry? But when it comes to God’s will, there are some things we can know and there are some things he has not granted us to know. In Deuteronomy 29:29 scripture says, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” From this text and others like, it is clear God has two wills—a secret will and a revealed will. “The secret things belong to the LORD our God.” The secret will of God are those things God has foreordained for our lives which he has chosen not yet to reveal to us. He will in time when the proper time presents itself. Things like, ‘Will I survive this illness?’ ‘Will I live to see my children grown?’ ‘Where will I be in five years?’ Someday God will reveal these things to us but until then, he wants us to trust him with our lives, to follow wherever he leads, knowing and believing that he knows what is best for us. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). But then there are some things regarding his will that he has chosen to reveal to us. “The things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” This is what is known as the revealed will of God. This is the will of God he has made known to us. Notice where we find the revealed will of God—"that we may do all the words of this law.” The revealed will of God for our lives has been made known in his word, how God wants us to live and treat others and how he expects to be worshipped and approached. Thus, if you want to know God’s will for your life, the Bible is quite clear. “For this is the will of God [for your life], your sanctification” (1 Thess. 4:3). God’s will for you is that you pursue Christ with all your might.
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