for direction in your life? We make many decisions
everyday that effect our lives, our family, our friends
and our place of work. Most decisions are insignificant
to us; but when we have a serious decision, we often
seek advice. Sometimes we look to a trusted friend,
a coworker, a neighbor next door, a family member,
a member of the clergy or a counselor and some of
us look to God. But often we live as Proverbs 21:2
man's way is right in his own eyes, but
the LORD weighs the hearts. (NASB) Proverbs 21:2
example, we usually make plans without looking to God
for direction. We make plans which seem best to us. And
when we do James
true of us. The passage implies that God greatly influences
what happens in our life, and we sin when we do not submit
our plans to God's will.
God actively cares for us by sending rain, changing our
seasons and providing us food (Acts 14:17). He controls
the events in our life by opening and shutting doors
of opportunity down the long hall of life and creating
situations which motivate us through open doors (Rom.
1:10; 15:30-32). For His disciples, His Spirit helps
them according to His will (Rom. 8:27) and He provides
opportunities for ministry (1 Cor. 1:1; 2 Cor. 1:1 and
Eph 1:1). He does all of this according to his desire
- according to His will.
Yet, He has a plan or a purpose for each
one of us according to the next passage.
David, after he had served his own generation
by the will of God, fell asleep, was
buried with his fathers, and saw corruption.
(NASB) Acts 13:36
does not permit us to die until we have served His purpose.
What is the purpose of your life? God wants you to be
in His will. His will is no secret! He has revealed it
to us in the Bible. He has told us we can know His will
in the key decisions of our life. Are you interested?
Then on to the Five Wills.
Two Commands. God
has revealed His will to each and every one of us. And He has provided
guidelines for knowing His will in specific situations. The starting
point of our journey is with one of the first and most important passages
in scripture. It is a command that reveals His will about what He desires
to be the passion of your heart,
And He said to him, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND." This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." (NASB) Matthew 22:37-39