Will of God
we study the “will of God” we find several contrasting
Some view the will of God as domination.
This would assert that God is in complete control and
totally manages all events in our lives. Humans are little more than puppets, with every action
predetermined by God’s governance.
Some view the will of God as “hands off.”
God has started everything in motion and is now just
watching it unfold. This
allows little or nothing to occur providentially.
Some view the will of God as a
legislative code. God
has given us guidelines for life.
If we disobey those laws, He takes action.
Bible examples would be the consequences for the
Israelites after worshipping the golden calf.
Likewise, Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead when they
“lied to the Holy Spirit.”
Seems to me that a better view
of “God’s will” would be to see it as a journey of faith.
Shouldn’t we take into account what the Scripture says
about transformation and growth?
Obviously, God has told us what
to do and how to live a life that pleases him.
Human beings, however, don’t follow those directions
completely. Jesus acknowledged that his own band of 12 would fall away,
but he restored them and motivated them to go forward in the
So God expects us to fail at times, but promises to forgive and strengthen us when we do. He has a plan. Jesus fulfills that plan. God has told us that His word is complete and it is our guide through life. Jesus tells us that the Spirit, our comforter, will help us at all times, both good and bad.
I believe that God can act at any time in any way He wishes in our daily lives. I believe He does act in ways we may not recognize. We can in no way understand totally how God works. We can know that He does work, though. Scripture tells us over and over that God has our back if we’ll just trust him. “He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”” (Hebrews 13:5).
When we viewed the movie, Is Genesis History? I noticed that a major point was made on presuppositions. Our study and beliefs are biased by the paradigm we hold to. I think the study of God’s will is like that. I think we must believe that God is working in our lives and hears our prayers and knows our hearts. Without that belief it seems to me that prayer would be a waste of time. That’s my paradigm – I believe that He is active in our lives and His word should guide our choices and actions.