Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Will of God

Liesl and I were sitting here at breakfast listening to David Jeremiah teach on Judges Chapters 6 & 7.

The title of his teachings are "How not to find out the will of God."

He pointed out that in the story of Gideon, Gideon preludes his fleece laying with these words in Judges 6:36 & 37, "And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said [emphasis mine], Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said [emphasis mine].

Gideon already knew the will of God. Gideon wasn't looking for the will of God so much as he was looking for the courage to obey the will of God.

Aren't we the same way? We know what the Lord has laid on our heart. We know that it is in line with what scripture teaches yet we have not decided we will obey.

John 7:17 says, [Jesus speaking] "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether, I speak of God." Translation: If you make up your mind to do the will of God FIRST, you'll know that you know that you know that you are operating in His will and you will not be discouraged when it's hard.

I call it "dropping anchor."

If I know that I have received direction from the Lord and my husband and I are in perfect agreement and it lines up with the Word of God, I make up my mind that I will do it.

I have found that when I do this, when it gets hard to obey, and the testing of my resolve and desire to do the will of God is challenging, it passes quickly and God grows my faith in the process.

But when my heart and mind haven't decide to follow God no matter what, when it gets difficult, I end up feeling like a small boat in a large, stormy sea. I feel beaten and battered.

Thankfully His grace covers me and He is quick to strengthen me when I call out in repentance.
So where does that leave us for today?

Psalm 118 "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because His mercy endureth for ever.(1)

I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place (5)

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (6)

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.(8)

We never have to be sure of ourselves (putting confidence in man, or woman in this case) because we can confidently be sure of Him.

Bottom line:

We can trust God because He is good, He loves us and He desires only good for us.

This post originally appeared June 24th, 2008.


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