–>Knowing God’s Will<–
Thirteen year old girls are moody, sometimes bubbly, or sometimes crabby. One thing I’ve learned from being one and chatting with some, is they might change their mind at the drop of the hat. One minute they’re bffs with Jessica, the next her and Jessica are having a huge argument. One minute they think Taylor Swift is the best singer ever, the next minute they’re moving on to Beyoncé. If anyone would know the smell of indecision it would be them, or at least their mothers. Could you imagine though if your boss or CEO at your company was this indecisive? Hiring people and firing people, but then changing his/her mind a few seconds later. Unfortunately most people think that God and his will are like this.
What if God was really like this, though? The whole world would be in turmoil! Sometimes we think that God’s will is ambiguous and elusive. We may feel that we can’t really know what it is or that it can change on His whim whenever He chooses. God is sovereign, after all, so He can do as He pleases, right? Sure, He can, but when you know who God is, you will soon realize that God doesn’t change back and forth or to and fro that easily. When He speaks something to you through scriptures, other people, or your inner conscience, He will not change His mind about what He has spoken.
“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6: 17-20(ESV)
God is an anchor. He is the One who holds the ship down when the waters are shaky. He will never be flakey about a decision and will always lead us with certainty. The problem comes with us not knowing who God is. We must know Him enough to trust that everything will go the way that He said it will go. We must know Him to know when we are doing the wrong move or decision, so that we can follow His steady leading and guiding and not our own flimsy ways. If we are indecisive or uncertain, we should cling to the fact that God is not and will not change His plans easily.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
Even if His will seems secretive and uncertain to us at the time we are seeking Him for whatever it is, we must stand on the Word and what it says about Him and His will. Doing this will help us until God reveals more and more. The word is a lamp to our feet. This means it illuminates our path and brings light in the midst of uncertainty. We must stand and stay in the light and not move out of it because we don’t see where the whole path is leading immediately. If you cannot see further down the path, stay still on the parts you can see and only move forward when you’ve gained more clarity and understanding on what to do next. Sometimes, I admit, you will have to move forward without having all the lighting, but if you spend time in God’s word, you will be able to clearly see who He is and the end result of where He is taking you. This helps you to walk in faith as opposed to indecision or uncertainty.