Knowing God’s Will

27 Sep

Many people who are MUCH SMARTER in THEOLOGICAL realms have written many books, papers, and articles about knowing God’s will for our lives.  So why tackle this on a rainy Monday morning in the FloSC??  Because IT’S MY TURN!!  We touched a little on this yesterday in worship and I want to deal with it a little more today …

In Jeremiah 29, God assured the Children of Israel He WOULD bring them back from captivity in Babylon.  Even though life seemed hopeless, there was still hope for them!!

In verses 11-13, God said these words:  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

I believe these words hold true to us as well!!  Even though this was specifically directed to these in captivity, God’s nature rings through loud and clear in this passage:  He has a plan for YOU!!  A GOOD PLAN!!  God desires that you KNOW HOPE and KNOW that He has plans for YOUR FUTURE!!

The discovery of this plan can be as much of a journey as YOU desire it to be … In Pee Dee-speak, you can really BOG DOWN IN THE MUD on this one if you are not careful!!  Finding God’s will for your life is not as difficult as you might imagine!  Sure, there are times when we need a specific answer and God requires us to wait … His timing is ALWAYS PERFECT!

But Jesus gave us a very specific starting place with this, which you will find in Matthew 28 and in Acts 1.  We are called to be IMPERFECT VESSELS carrying the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST to all the world!!!  We are called to GO MAKE DISCIPLES, to BAPTIZE THEM, TO TEACH THEM EVERYTHING HE HAS TAUGHT US.  And we go with HIS POWER and HIS PRESENCE to do it!!

When it comes to specifics of God’s will for our lives, the real question is HOW does He want me to share and WHERE does He want me to share??  Everything else is pretty clear!

Before I get a million contradictory comments, YES, I KNOW GOD CALLS EACH OF US TO SPECIFIC ROLES AND GIFTS IN THE KINGDOM!!  But you have to admit that it all BEGINS with the GREAT COMMISSION!!

The GC is the first step to knowing God’s specific will for your life!!  Until you take that step and begin to tell others, you will be bogged down in the mud!!

One Response to “Knowing God’s Will”

  1. Bill Langston September 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    i think i am bogged down. i know god has a plan but right now it is pretty hard to keep going sometimes, that light seems pretty dim at the end of the tunnel.

    i think god called me to ebenezer but i am not sure, if so it sure is a round about way to get there.

    with some more prayer the journey may end up where it should. i may be wrong so if you could say a prayer for me i can have the patience to wait and see where it all leads to.

    thanks

    bill

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