Post #1 at tackling God’s will.
I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a few months. God’s timing I guess is now so here goes!
I hope you all know that I love you all soooo much because when I say “I love you” it’s actually not my love but rather Jesus living in me. The love I have is an overflow of Jesus! Whatever I say here, you should chill with God and see what He says for you! This is my understanding and it has worked for me. I do say the stuff below though because I love you guys.
St. Augustine said, “Love God and do whatever.” This is how I essentially understand God’s will.
Oh yes, it is important for us to have a vision for our future with God’s leading. However, I think the emphasis on discerning God’s will is long overshot. Why do I hear people talking about figuring out what God’s will is for their life more than I actually hear them talking about God Himself and the amazing things He has done on the cross? Okay, I don’t know everyone’s hearts. I wonder though, what if we really trusted God and had a healthy wondering about the future instead of distressing whether we should go this way or that? If that were the case, I think the way people talked about discerning the will of God would not annoy me so much (sorry but it’s true at times).
I heard a sermon on the will of God that I partially agreed with. It sparked a lot of these thoughts but it didn’t really emphasize how I have the mind of Christ now. (1 Cor 2:16) That yes, I definitely do not understand all of God but that’s what eternity is for. To get to know Him better every day. So yeah, I do hear His voice and think His thoughts for me and the thoughts He has for others because I have the mind of Christ. There are mysteries about God, but ultimately, the mystery was revealed in Christ.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ -Ephesians 1:7-8
Oh. That says the mystery of His will was revealed in Christ. So…. if I love Jesus….I’m in His will right? I think then I can know God’s will as revealed through Christ. I’m not saying I will matter-of-fact always know what God’s will is for everything ever, but I do think that is what we should reach eventually as we discover the privilege we have through Jesus, the ultimate mystery revealed.
That sermon I referred to earlier did say how we shouldn’t distress over decisions at times when God just wants us to step forward in faith. Just go! The example was something like, “God! Should I wear the blue shirt or the red shirt?” God replies “whatever you want. both are great.” “But God! I need to know what your will is!” Yeah that shouldn’t happen. That’s silly. I forget where I read this example now but when a 5-year-old asks his dad if he can go outside to play, he should truly trust in his dad’s decision because dad probably knows better for the kid’s safety and well-being. But if a 20-year-old on a college campus calls dad if he could go outside to play frisbee with his friends, the dad this time is going to ask the son if he got hit in the head for calling about such a silly decision. “Son. You know how much work you have on your plate and whether you have time to play frisbee. I raised you to have the wisdom to make those decisions for yourself.” Insert Papa God for dad in the above scenario. Get the picture?
Let’s be childlike. Not childish. Let’s laugh. Play. Have fun with Daddy/Papa God/Best Friend/Everything You Could Ever Want in a Person. While we have fun, you still need to make a decision and just step forward in faith (a faith that is actually a gift from God). This journey/adventure with God is a free gift for freedom. It’s awesome!!!!!! Just fly!!!!!
So. Love God and do WHATEVER. God ISSSS LOVE. So Love LOVE.
“We are never out of His will if we are in love with Love” -Anisha surprising herself in a texting conversation
Maybe it’s like we are on a highway. God wants us in a certain lane that is like the car pool lane, straight and narrow, quick to the destination. Sounds good! We don’t want to be in the lane with too much traffic, or take an exit too early, or wander off into the ditch, or hit a guardrail. But guys. God is a tender, compassionate, loving Father who won’t let us waver in the storm if we are founded on the solid Rock that is Jesus. Whatever happens, you’re going to feel like you’re in cruise control because He’s there. He NEVER leaves. The world is telling you that you should be worried and confused and wondering why all this bad stuff is happening to you, but you won’t care. Why? You are ON A ROCK. HOW CAN YOU BE SHAKEN? Your identity is as a child of God. Daddy’s got you safe and secure. On that highway, you’re gonna get to the destination somehow. Even if you do take an exit too early or hit traffic, you somehow arrive don’t you? As long as your car is working, you’ve got enough gas, and you have a goal in mind?
So what if our goal is simply to love God? Let’s just enjoy the ride. Instead of fixating upon which lane to get in, when to change lanes, calculating every tenth of a mile left in the drive, let’s chill. Let’s look at the clouds. Let’s observe the people in the surrounding cars (without causing an accident hehe) and love on them. Maybe that looks like leading the way for a bit then happily watching them find their own wings. Maybe that’s not getting angry when they cut you off because you love them to such a ridiculous amount. Let’s enjoy the company of the people in the car with us. Look at the trees, the mountains, the colors of the signs on the highway. ENJOY THE RIDE.
[aside: wow this is fun writing this. Always playing with Daddy because He lives inside of me! Well I've already hit 1000 words so I'm going to start wrapping up now....other posts about this will definitely come!]
So maybe we shouldn’t be worrying so much about God’s plan for our lives! What if the way you are asking God about your career path or your relationship status has been about knowing God’s plan but what if it’s really just about God’s preferences? But He makes it all work for the good of those who love Him, right? Simply, I think God’s plan for our lives is to BE LOVED by Him. Let Him love you. When you do that, you can’t help but love Him back. Then you just do whatever! okay? okay
Life with God shouldn’t be such a burdensome day by day wondering of where God’s gonna take you. It should be a joyous breath by breath living and breathing for the One who gave it ALL!
[God's will posts to come: how this has looked in my own life, how I hear the voice of God, how the enemy might try to mess up the 'plan']
I LOVE YOU GUYZEZ
For once I don’t know what song to put so I’m just gonna put one that makes me very giggly and happy and I usually end up cuddling or spooning with Jesus when I hear this