8th April 2019 - The Will of God
I take a break from an analysis of prosperity and wealth to share my thoughts on the will of God. This has been on my mind for quite some time now. One of my deepest and most frequent (if not THE most frequent) prayers is that God would reveal to me His will. This is my desire: that I would know exactly what His will is, so that I can do that and not only please Him but also please and fulfill my own longing, which is to do and live out His will. Colossians 1:9-12 shows me an example to follow for discerning His will. The end is what I am drawn to in this passage because it's promise is what brings comfort and and hope to my troubled heart. I am troubled because my patient endurance in pursuing a particular course of action wavers due to my sometimes lack of clarity about my specific direction and purpose. I am confident in my general direction and purpose (which applies to each believer) and will share about the difference between the specific and general will of God (which is also referred to as His special and general revelation) at a later time. Now my direction and purpose comes from God so in order to know, to trust and to walk in that direction is dependent on my understanding His will because it is His will which defines that direction. I know that this patient endurance comes from His power, with which He is pleased to strengthen me. The passage here in Colossians says that when we know and understand His will, we are, in that process of understanding, strengthened in this way: the way that breeds patient endurance in us. Paul says that the believers have this understanding of God's will when it is given by God (filled by God) and then he confirms what we already know which is that God's form or method of interacting with us is through the Holy Spirit. So at the very least we know that we can know His will by following Paul's example of praying to God and asking for it. I will share more of how we obtain that knowledge of His will in following entries.
'And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. ' Colossians 1:9-12