A Graduation Message: What is the Will of God?

 


After I came to Christ in 1970, I set out to discover God’s will for my life.  We were taught in those years that God’s will was either perfect or permissive and that we should never settle for His permissive will.  After all, we did not want to live in God’s continued disfavor.  It seemed we had a 50/50 chance of getting it right!

In some ways, such teaching placed a fear of missing out on God’s perfect plan.  In retrospect, it seems that much of what we were taught was fear based – both inside and outside the church.  For example, my wife was told never to leave the house without clean underwear “in case you have a car accident!” At any rate, we survived and today we have better insight into some of these matters.  (By the way, there are better reasons to wear clean underwear – just saying!)

What IS the will of God?  Is it some mysterious “unknown” that we must grapple with, always waiting to hear from heaven?  Does God have a specific plan for our life that if we miss brings us into His permissive will?  Is it a one shot roll of the dice that reduces itself to a 50/50 gamble at the table of life?

I don’t believe this to be true. 

One thing I do know that it is the “Father’s good will to give us the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).  He’s not sitting in heaven waiting for us to mess up; He’s longing to bless us during our time on earth.  As a matter of fact, He places desires inside us that coordinate with the gifts he places within us at birth. 

Simply put and practically speaking, the will of God for us is to follow those areas of interest and strength we have, those things that make us get up in the morning. 

What brings you satisfaction?  What makes you keep going when days turn difficult?  What makes you refuse to give up or to go another direction?  It’s the will of God.  The will of God will keep you going when everything in and around you says, “Stop!” 

High school senior, please listen to me.  A life devoted to God coupled with what you love to do will direct you toward a meaningful, blessed future – one that will allow you to pay the bills!  I’m not saying that it will always be easy, but what I am saying is that God has placed certain gifts, talents and strengths inside you and His will for you is to spend your life enjoying the trip!

I knew at an early age that I would expend my life for God.  I, of course, didn’t know specifics at the time, but I did know that the call or will of God for me was to tell people about the Savior.  Where I would live and whatever “positions” I would assume in life would always be driven by my desire to love people and to see them come into fullness of life in Christ. 

The will of God for me was driven by my love for teaching, writing, preaching, counseling, and serving the elderly.   My means of employment were always sought out according to these “loves” that God put within me during my childhood.   This was the will of God for me!

What is the will of God for you?  What do you love to do?  What excites you?  What do you dream about?  What captures your heart?  After you answer these questions, pursue with tenacity those areas of endeavor and reap the benefits of provision along the way.

All four of my children possess an entrepreneur spirit and they are making a living pursuing their passions.  Their mother and I stand back in amazement as we watch them pursue God’s will for their lives and we’re proud of their achievements. 

Can we ever get off track?  I suppose, but because the will of God involves more of WHO we are over WHAT we do and WHERE we live, we by God’s grace and loving concern can get back on track when and if we derail. 

What is the will of God?  Remember, you are a human “being,” not a human “doing.”  The prophet Micah said it best:  “He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (6:8). 

Solomon, perhaps a better known preacher, summarized it this way:  “Here is the conclusion of the matter:  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

If Solomon were alive this side of the cross of Jesus, I’m just sure he would say, “WHO you are inside drives WHAT you do in life.  Give God your gifts and passions and watch Him use your life to its fullest.”

This, my friend, constitutes the will of God for all of us. 

Have you given your life to Christ?  That is where the will of God begins and ends for all of us!

  

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