Sawyers Church Daily Devotions
Thursday 5th July 2018
At some time or other in our Christian life most of us have the problem of deciding what is the will of God for us in a particular situation. Perhaps we’re thinking of changing our job, or moving house, or getting married, or spending quite a lot of money on a holiday or a car, or whether we should become a children’s worker, or…! And in fact the list is endless.
As Christians we realise that we should obey the will of God in these and many other important matters – in fact in every area of our lives. Before we were saved we pleased ourselves, but now we recognise that we are not our own. We have been brought by the Lord Jesus
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6 v 19 – 20)
We belong to him. He is our Maker, our Saviour and our Master. As his disciples we follow his example, and even Jesus did not do his own will, but obeyed the will of God (Matthew 26 v 39 and John 6 v 38). Yes, we recognise that we ought to do the will of God, but how do we know what it is? As always we must turn to the Bible for or answer.
Firstly, we should remember that God’s will is to be found in the Bible. God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119 v 105)
It’s a light that shines in a dark place (2 Peter 1 v 19). The will of God for our lives will always be in keeping with the teachings of scripture. The first step, then, in finding the will of God in a particular matter is to ask ourselves what the Bible has to say about it.
But there are occasions when the problem in front of us is so detailed that the Bible does not give a clear answer. At times like this, God’s will is sometimes made known by circumstances. Our God has his hand on human history, and what he allows to come to pass can be an indication of his will. In Acts 8 we read how the Gospel spread out from Jerusalem as a result of the persecution of the Christians, and in Acts 16 v 7 how Paul tried to get into Bithynia but the Spirit would not let him.
In both these cases it seems as though outward circumstances were directing the course of events for Christians, but what is clear is that God was in those circumstances working all things together according to his plan. He is well able to open and close doors of circumstances for us so that we continue to walk in his will.
But what happens if circumstances leave two or three choices before us, all of which are in keeping with the Bible? On these occasions we should be led by the peace of God in our heart. In Collisions 3 v 15 we are told to let the peace of God rule in our hearts. We are so often in a hurry to make decisions that we sometimes rush ahead when we are not absolutely sure that we’re doing the right thing. If only we would wait until we had the peace of God about the matter! God is not in a hurry, and if we are not completely sure about the right course of action we would do well to wait until he shows us what to do.
But the early Christians were not only led by the word of God, the trend of circumstances and the peace of God in their hearts. There are frequent examples of the supernatural leading of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8 v 26 & 29, 9 v 10 – 16, 10 v 3 & 9 – 20, 13 v 2, 16 v 9 etc.). And the Spirit of God is still leading people supernaturally today.
Of course, not every supernatural experience is of God. (A Christians should never get involved with Spiritualism, Astrology or Fortune Telling for example). Every supernatural experience must be tested by the standards and teaching of Scripture, but if we keep full of the word and close the Lord, Satan will not be able to mislead us. Thank God for many up-to-date testimonies of how the Holy Spirit has miraculously guided so many Christians in our own day and generation.
Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that God’s leading does not always come in a supernatural way. This is just one of the ways in which he can show us his will. Generally speaking, if what we’re planning to do is scriptural, if we have peace in our hearts about it, if circumstances seem to be working in that direction, and if we have taken advice from our church leaders, we should feel free to go ahead.
Finally, remember that if we sincerely want the will of God for our lives, he will make sure that we don’t miss it. Romans 12 v 1 – 2 guarantees us that if we will surrender ourselves wholly to God, we will prove what is the good and pleasing and perfect will of God. And it goes without saying that God’s will is best.
Have a great day!
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church