From the Pastor
Seeking His Will
Lately, the same question seems to be finding its way to my ears. “Pastor, what is the Lord’s will for this or that?”
These are difficult sorts of questions to answer. Usually, I am every bit at a loss to explain the circumstances or situations, as the person asking the question.
Most of the time, my answer starts with, “I don’t know.” which is followed by a hesitant list of, “Well, maybe this, or possibly that’s.” Then concluded with an apologetic, “I guess I don’t know.”
As I was reflecting upon my inability to answer these sorts of questions, it dawned on me that the problem here is not my limited mind or a lack of wisdom, although this certainly doesn’t help. The problem is we often ask these questions, trying to figure out not just what God is doing, but why He’s doing it? And this is where we get into trouble. When we start seeking God’s intentions or future purposes, we will immediately find ourselves out of our depth.
These questions are where most of our struggles dwell. We seek answers before they are revealed.
We look for signs or meaningful moments, reading deeply into the aberrations of daily life to find guidance.
We pay attention more than normal to our feelings or intuitions. We wait for something...anything to become clear and bring us confidence, all in the name of seeking God’s will.
Does this sound familiar? It should. I know you have been there and done that, just like I have.
Let me propose a better way… God’s way.
Rather than trying to seek God’s intentions or discern what He is going to do in the future.
Rather than rely on uncertain signs, feelings or intuitions.
Rather than seeking the silver thread of God’s will that will tie everything together in a comprehensive, unambiguous and palatable way.
Just stop and pray.
Pray the 3rd petition of the Lord’s Prayer.
Pray as Jesus has taught us,
“Thy will be done.”
One of the more profound truths I have learned over the years is this… “God’s will is always done.”
Which is why Jesus teaches us to pray this prayer. He knows the heart of our brokenness is the struggle against God’s will or in other words just letting Him be God.
Just ask yourself… "Why do I spend time asking why? Why do I spend time trying to figure out what God is going to do next or what He is doing now?" God’s will in the midst of the circumstances of life is rarely clear, but this doesn’t mean we are clueless.
We know a lot about God’s will. We know everything He has revealed to us through His Son and by His Word.
Which by the way, is quite a bit!
Rather than focus on what we don’t know, I would encourage all of us to focus on WHAT WE DO KNOW.
If a loved one is taken from us tragically, the temptation is to try and make sense of the situation by seeking God’s will.
What is God doing? Why would He do this? What will He do through it?
We will never know for certain the answer to any of these questions. But we do know God’s will in the midst of it.
His will was to allow sin to exist in this world, otherwise we who are sin couldn’t exist. And since sin is allowed to exist, so is tragedy. But we are not alone in our suffering and our pain is not without an end.
His will was to destroy the power of sin and end death and destroy the devil’s reign.
His will was to do all of this through the Hands and Feet and life/death of His Son.
His will is for us to experience His care in the midst of life through His Church and His Word and His Gifts.
His will is to return in glory and wipe every trace of brokenness away making us what we were intended to be, living in a world we were intended to live in.
His will is for us, not against us.
His Son Jesus Christ is a living testament to His love for us.
Holding all we know of God’s will in place, we are bold to trust as we seek answers He has provided.
When tragedy strikes, disease wreaks havoc or death raises its ugly head, do not torture yourself with the unanswerable.
When we have questions about parenting or grand parenting.
When we have opportunity to be a witness to the Lord’s work.
When we start dating or consider marriage.
In whatever life brings, when seeking God’s will, go to His Word and ask yourself, “What has He told me about this?”
Trust that He’s got it. Whatever it is… He’s Got it.
In His Grip,
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. –Jeremiah 29:11