Devotional

8/12/20                                                      Devotional          

 

Let us contemplate the following verses from the letter of Colossians:

“We continually pray and ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way.”    Colossians 1:9-10.

 

One of the gifts of coming to faith in Christ, is the ability to personally discern God’s will.  Yes, it is a mystery and yet God will unveil or reveal His will to us at times in our lives.  Scripture declares that God’s will is both knowable and achievable.  God uses many avenues to reach us.  Since the circumstances of our lives vary, and we find ourselves at different stages of life, God reaches us in a way that is appropriate for that occasion.  God may have one plan or multiple plans for your life.

Where do we find God’s will?  How do you discern God’s will for your life?  Here are some biblical ways God reaches out to us.  God may reach out to you in one way or in multiple ways. 

First, God speaks through His word, the Bible.  Read it prayerfully and regularly.  Everything we need for living a life that pleases and honors God is found in Scripture.  As you get to know God’s Word, you will get to know God’s will.  Psalm 119 says:  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

Second, God speaks through your own faith, intuition, judgment, common sense and conscience.    You will be a-tune or in-tune with God’s will as walk with God.  The Holy Spirit will guide you.   Pay attention to the voice within you.   I have had the thought – go see this person, call this person and I have.  I have been amazed when I hear: “Wow, I was just thinking about you or I really needed to talk to someone.”  How about you?  Listen when God’s Spirit speaks to your spirit.

Third, God speaks through the circumstances of your life.  Oswald Chambers put it this way: “God speaks in the language you know best, not through your ears but through your circumstances.”  Think about those times when you said: “It was meant to be, it happened for a reason, it was a God thing.”   You can be doing God’s will and because it seems so natural, you are not even aware it’s His will for your life.  Consider this – right now you may be doing what God wants you to do and you are where God wants you to be.  Celebrate it. Give thanks for the Lord.

 

Fourth, you can discern God’s will by how God has shaped you or wired you.  This includes your spiritual gifts, attitude, aptitude, abilities and talents, personality, passion, and your interests.  What motivates you?  What energizes you?  What could you see yourself doing?  God’s desire on the one had is to match your divine design with your work, your opportunities, your decisions, your service, your vocation and avocation on the other.  

 

If you are not technical by aptitude, God’s will is not likely that you should be an engineer or computer scientist.   If you can’t sing, God’s will is not likely that you should sing professionally or in a choir.  If you don’t like children, God’s will is not likely that you should be a teacher.  If you have a poor sense of direction, God’s will is not likely that you should become an air traffic controller.  If you have no sense of humor, God’s will is not likely that you should become a comedian.  We discern God’s will by knowing ourselves and how God has put us together. 

 

Fifth, we discern God’s will through the wisdom, counsel and faith of others.   As you seek God’s will, don’t be reticent to talk to people you respect and trust.  God wants us to seek out and listen to one another in the community of faith.  Listen with open ears.  Don’t get defensive if someone says something you don’t want to hear.  You want to hear the truth.  Listen for the word of God from these people. 

 

Sixth, God sometimes reveals His will only after we take the first step, that leap of faith.  I’m sure you’ve experienced those times in which you have prayed and prayed but nothing seems to happen.  I have.  You feel like God is not listening.  We sometimes must act first, step out in faith and trust that our decision is in accord with God’s will.

 

Seventh, we sometimes discern God’s will most clearly when we need help, when we are most vulnerable.  We go to God in our hour of need.  We have nowhere else to turn.  It may be a time of crisis or confusion or illness or brokenness.  In such times we are most receptive and open to God’s word and will.   It is in such times that God can reach us because we are ready to listen with patience and humility.       

 

You may know and be doing God’s will right now.  Praise God.  If you are truly seeking His will, be assured, God will reveal it to you.

 

 

The knowledge of God’s will be with you,

 

 

Rev. Alan W. Deuel

 

 

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