People are minded to do their own will more often than not. Or they might, whether by force or by desire, do the will of another human being. But the unbelieving world has no concern for the will of God.
The nominal Christian, the ones called by Paul ‘people of the flesh’ and ‘infants in Christ,’ have very little concern for the will of God. It is sometimes a place of refuge for things they do not understand. “I guess it was the will of God.” But the will of God as a thing to be earnestly sought and known and embraced, of this they know little or nothing at all.
But there are many earnest souls who want to know what the will of God is. The question often comes in the face of a choice. Does God want me to take this job? Am I supposed to go over here or over there? Is this my soul mate? This church or that one? The car I want or the car I need?
How do you know? Some people cover their eyes, open their Bibles, and put their finger on a verse. You might not like the result of that method if, say, you ask that last question. “The car I want or the car I need?” And you finger lands on Galatians 5:16. “But I say, walk by the Spirit…”
The truth is that many things are settled about the will of God and need no searching at all. Consider this crystal clear and meddlesome statement from 1 Thessalonians 4:3. “This is the will of God, your sanctification.” This is God’s will, your holiness. This is God’s will, your devotion to him. This is God’s will, walking every day like you are entirely his and no one else’s.
It is amazing how many questions that answers. Can I go there and be entirely God’s? Can I take this job and be entirely God’s? Can I marry this person and be entirely God’s? I warned you. It is very, very clear. It is also very, very meddlesome. In fact, after you think about it for a while, you might want to close your eyes and open your Bible…. But what will you do when the end comes? (Jeremiah 5:31)
The alternative, of course, is to be entirely God’s, right now. If I do that, half of my questions disappear immediately. And half of the other half would disappear, except for the fact that I did not entirely mean ‘entirely.’ As soon as I mean it, they will go away too. The rest of the questions are real, but when the air is cleared of the smog and the noise, we can see and hear him better. The answers will come.
John 3:16. What a Savior!