What is the will of God?
A few weeks ago we began a discussion on the will of God in our journey on the subject of Prayer. We found that it is: perfect, peace seeking, best for us, and is sovereign through to triumph. Despite this number of wondrously overwhelming characteristics, the scripture reveals even more. Let us examine.
His will creates a yielding heart within us. 2 Corinthians 3:18 leads us, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” Job 13:15 confidently states, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him…” Then in Matthew 26:39 Jesus shows us, “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” God’s will is for us to be yielded to him.
His will cannot be thwarted, but can be violated. Job 42:2 declares, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Romans 5:12, 18-19 teaches us, “12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned–… 18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” You see, even though man sinned, the Father’s will was still to be accomplished.
Sin is not his will, but his will tolerates it for his holy purpose. Psalms 86:15 helps us understand, “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” In Romans 2:4 the Apostle Paul says, “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” 2 Peter 3:9 explains, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Romans 9:22-23 makes it even more clear, “22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath–prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory–…” His will tolerates sin for his holy purposes.
His will leads us into a battle against evil in spiritual warfare because of sin. Ephesians 6:12-13 teaches us, “12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” God’s will is for us to fight for lost souls and holy living.
In this examination of the scriptures about God’s will, we found that it is: perfect, peace seeking, best for us, sovereign through to triumph, creates a yielding heart in us, cannot be thwarted, his will tolerates sin for his own glory, and spiritual warfare is our call of duty. We ought to study these scriptures intently, contemplate deeply and pray fervently on these characteristics. Let them shape our faith and provide affirmation of our life path.
“Your will be done on earth…” we are to pray in petition bearing in mind and heart the characteristics of his will. What is the will of God? These are the beginning of understanding. This topic is very deep and continues to require our attention again next time when we will focus on how to know God’s will.