A number of years ago, as I was studying Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, I became captivated by the recurring references to “God’s will.”
In the first chapter of Ephesians, we read about “the will of God” (v. 1), “his pleasure and will” (v. 5), “the mystery of his will” (v. 9), and “the purpose of his will” (v. 11).
Then later in the letter, the apostle’s readers are challenged concerning “understand[ing] what the Lord’s will is” (5:17) and “doing the will of God” (6:6).
The days in which we are living are unnerving for many and positively paralyzing for others. The destructive power of a pandemic has unveiled our fragility. Racial tensions have reached a boiling point. And our climate is exhibiting intense and overpowering forces of nature.
So it is not surprising that some people are asking the question, “Is everything spinning helplessly out of control?”
The quick, biblical answer to that question is, of course, “No.”
The throne of heaven has not been vacated; the situation room in glory is not in lockdown. God is still in charge, and He has a plan summarized by His stated intention “to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (Ephesians 1:10).
The Scriptures I’ve referenced thus far could be described as God’s macro plan for the created order—His sovereign will for His world and all that is in it. And rightly understood, God’s grand plan gives us hope and assurance.
But God also has micro plans for individual followers of Jesus.
For instance, Paul was convinced that he personally was an apostle “by the will of God” (Ephesians 1:1). Then Paul assured the faithful in Christ that it was God’s pleasure and purpose that they should personally enjoy the adoption, redemption, and forgiveness that He planned to lavish upon them (verses 5–8).
This is all wonderfully reassuring!
But what God wills for us and lavishly provides for us becomes a reality in our own experience as we submit what we want to what He wants. As the Savior said to His Father in Gethsemane, “Not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
We do this not grudgingly, but gladly and wholeheartedly. And the result of responding to what we know of God’s will becomes a way of life that transforms our responses to the uncertain days in which we live.
There is so much more to ponder about God’s will in these days, which is why I want to send you a 5-message teaching series from Jill, Pete, and myself entitled God’s Will for My Life.
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P.S. One last thought before I go!
Many people have told me that they don’t know how to discover God’s will for their lives. So here’s a very simply way to start the discovery. Search the Scriptures and behold, “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
That is not at all hard to understand, and we can all respond to that instruction!