How do you know what is God’s will for your life? Once you believe you know his will, what are you going to do about it?
Paul gives some insights in his prayer for the church.
Colossians 1.9-10 – For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
So that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.
Knowing God’s Will
Dr. Henry Blackaby has written a very influential book, “Experiencing God.” The book explains how to know and do God’s will.
I refer to Blackaby often, because he has been very influential in my life.
Prayer is essential to finding out God’s will, according to Paul and Blackaby. Prayer is one of God’s great gifts that enables us to live in a relationship with him.
Paul prayed for the church to know God’s will. We can pray for the church to which we belong and the church at large to know God’s will.
We also can ask God to show us his will. This is a prayer that God will gladly answer.
We need to get our self-will out of the way, so we can hear his will. Once that has taken place, we are ready to know God’s plans for our lives.
One of Blackaby’s ideas that have deeply resonated with me is the idea of an appointment. When I ask God to show me his will, I am looking for his appointment.
If I know God has appointed me to a task or opportunity, I will stay with it through thick and thin. When things work out well, I can praise God. When the task becomes difficult, I remain with it because I know it is God’s appointment for my life.
Spiritual wisdom and understanding
Paul prayed for the church to have “spiritual wisdom and understanding.” This kind of wisdom and understanding is a product of living with the Holy Spirit.
There is no such thing as “spiritual wisdom and understanding” apart from a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
We should never settle for wisdom and understanding that is of human origin when we can have the insight and power of the Holy Spirit.
We pray for this gift because only God can give it. Let’s encourage ourselves and trust that God is quite willing to give us his Spirit and the wisdom that accompanies a relationship with him.
What are we going to do about it?
I heard Henry Blackaby several years ago say, “When God gives us direction for life, it’s not like receiving something warm and fuzzy to make us feel better.”
Blackaby agreed with Paul. When God gives us insight, it is that “you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him” (verse 10).
There is no question that God wants to bless his children. “For God so loved the world. . .” is the foundation of his relationship with us.
As we live in an atmosphere of his love, we will find ourselves knowing and DOING God’s will. We will conduct our daily lives in a fashion that pleases him to the max.
As we think about how to respond to the theme of Paul’s prayer, let’s commit to two things.
(1) Let’s ask God to reveal to us what is his appointment for our lives.
As we pray for ourselves, let’s pray this for the church, too.
(2) When we know God’s will, let’s conform our lives to his will and live pleasing to him.
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube today. It can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. You will appreciate Rudy’s insights.
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