God’s Will Doesn’t Automatically Happen
How often have you wondered what God’s will is for your life? It’s a question that most Christians have probably asked at some point. Before moving forward with discussing this topic, I want to first encourage you to read this post on the topic of God’s Sovereignty. Today’s post will make much more sense if you understand God’s sovereignty.
Now for God’s will. I want to remind you that God’s will doesn’t automatically happen. I think most Christians have plopped themselves on their couch and are kicking their feet back as if God’s will automatically happens, but I want to tell you that is not the truth. In fact, I think most people won’t even come close to the potential that the Father had for them. Can you imagine getting to heaven and realizing how much you missed out on here on Earth? It grieves my heart to think about but the reality is most people aren’t in line with God’s will.
Ephesians 5:16-17 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Are you making the most of every opportunity or are you being foolish? It’s important that you understand what God’s Word is, because his word is his will. You can read more about his will here. But God’s Word doesn’t automatically take root in your life, right? Of course not! It’s up to you to live out God’s plans for you.
God has amazing plans for you. Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, “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 on 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.” He has a future for you, but if you want to find out what it is and live out the amazing plans he has for you, you will have to seek him with all of your heart. Notice it says “seek me with all of your heart.” Not some of your heart, but all!
If you are reading this post right now and thinking, wow, I have missed out on following God’s will then I want to remind you that Holy Spirit is a GPS and if you get lost or go off the road, he will redirect you. Your past is your past, but today is a new day and it’s never too late to get back on track.
So how do you fulfill God’s will in your life? James 1:5 says, “And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace.” You don’t have to aimlessly wander around the next however many years of your life wondering what you should be doing. Instead, ask God for wisdom and trust that his word and his Holy Spirit will guide you every step of the way. Of course you know I have to say, as I always do, that if you aren’t rooted in the truth it’s going to be really hard to know and therefore follow his will.
Have you been expecting that God’s plans will automatically happen in your life? Now that you know they won’t, are you going to say yes to making the choice to live by the Spirit and the Word and walk in obedience as you follow what God leads you to do? He has given you everything you need to walk out the plans he has for you. So, what are you going to do today to seek him with all of your heart? How are you using his word and spirit to guide you?
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