about how often we contemplate that burning question: "What is
God's will for my life?" If we are not asking for ourselves, then
we are often helping someone else ponder that seemingly elusive
answer, often as though the Lord delights in keeping it a secret
On the contrary, He desires for us to place ourselves completely
under His authority and direction, and then to seek His advice on
any life-changing re-directions, either present or future, so that
we can walk hand-in-hand with Him in fulfilling His will for our
Yet sometimes, knowing God's will seems hard. When we come to
those crossroads in our lives where we need clear answers, God is
pleased when we seek Him for the answers. In fact, He is clear in
His instruction on this when He tells us, "Trust in the Lord
with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all
your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths" (Prov.
We have this promise, yet believers get depressed, confused or
fearful when faced with such difficult life-changing questions as:
"Do I take this new job?", "Should I marry John?", "What major
should I take in college?", or "Should we move to a new location?"
Finding God's will for your life should be a joyful experience of
determining what adventure you and the Lord are going to engage in
Having said this, we must take this a step further and realize
that finding God's will for our lives is more than answering the
life-changing questions at the crossroads of decision. This is a
daily exercise that is for each hour of our lives. To answer the
big questions of life, we need to be in fellowship with the Lord
on a day-to-day basis.
In this Israel
Teaching Letter, I will explore some practical how-toss on
"Knowing God's Will For Our Lives," when we find ourselves in the
crossroads of decision. However, before we can get a clear line to
heaven on the life-directing answers, we need to study some
principles on which our lives must stand each day.
God desires to
fulfill His overall redemptive plan for the world. We are His
instruments to bring this message to the world. Therefore, our
whole life, the daily walk as well as the major decisions, are
important to God.
God As Savior
Before we can ask
God the big questions of life's choices, we need to be sure that
our first fundamental principle is secure. Without a personal
relationship to God in which we conform our daily life to Him, we
cannot expect answers on the bigger questions. Therefore, in order
to avoid getting off the track God has for us, we must make God
both Saviour and Lord. This is done through an acceptance of Jesus
into our lives on both levels.
As our Saviour,
John 3:16 is clear: "For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not
perish, but have everlasting life."
As our Lord, Jesus
said, "All authority is given unto Me in heaven and in earth"
(Matt. 28:18). He is the one we follow and from Whom we ask for
guidance, not the other way around.
All of us
Christians who have accepted the salvation given to us by God by
accepting the atonement accomplished in the death and resurrection
of Jesus, belong to the Kingdom of God. We are "saved" from an
existence and an eternity without God. But, how many of us have
taken that second step of making Jesus truly Lord of our
Unless we make
Jesus Savior and Lord, we will never know the true will of
God for our lives. Why?
Because if Jesus is
not Lord, then there may be idols and other outside
influences controlling our lives. The biggest idol can be our own
ego, which will not step down off the throne of our lives and let
God fully "take over." Sometimes our own self gets in the way as
we tell God what we are doing and ask Him to bless it. The
relationship needs to be the other way around, where we seek Him
and He tells us what we can do for Him with the new life He has
given to us, and then work to perform it.
How do we put idols
in our lives? An idol is not only a graven image, but anything
that comes between us and God to hinder our relationship with Him.
They distract us and prevent us from full fellowship with the
Lord. Sadly, we are the ones who place those idols before God.
harmless things can become idols in our lives: our jobs, our
families, even our ministries! In the Name of God and our calling,
we can be so busy about the work of God, we lose sight of the God
of the work. Please hear me. I am NOT saying that a healthy
enthusiasm for our work, or family, or ministry is bad. But, when
any of these things become our focus in life, performed in the
flesh without consulting God, then they can find a place between
us and the Lord, which is idolatry.
Paul speaks of the
Thessalonians as those "who turned to God from idols, to serve
the living and true God." We who live in the modern western
world, where we don't see pagan temples with statues that people
bow down to, also don't think we can have a problem with idols.
None of us is exempt. John closes his first epistle by saying,
"And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an
understanding, that we may know Him that is true: and we are in
Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true
God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from
idols. Amen" (I John 5:20-21).
Making God both
Saviour and Lord, and pursuing this with all our heart,
will keep us in right standing with Him.
put, God is interested in the INREACH into our lives before we
undertake the OUTREACH. Everything that happens in our lives
should bring us closer to being conformed to the likeness of
Christ, and to be a shining beacon of light in the darkness of the
world around us. This is a basic calling on our lives, no matter
where we are or what we are doing.