What exactly is “God’s Will”?

What exactly is “God’s Will”? This is one of the biggest questions with which we all struggle.

How do you know what ‘God’s Will’ for your life is? 

This question is asked often and is frequently on our hearts and minds.

I have most definitely learned ‘His Will’ from studying God’s word. ‘God’s Will’ is not that simple; being in His Will requires cooperation with the heavenly Father.

Pastor Colin Smith’s teachings on the subject “What is God’s Will for our Lives?” definitely shed some light into my confusion surrounding this topic… 

What are we praying when we say, ‘Your Will be done on earth as it’s in heaven’? [matthew 6:10]

Looking at the meaning of this prayer, there is a model in heaven and there is a model on earth. One of the reasons we find ourselves confused over this verse is that God’s word speaks to us at least three different ways:

— The first one is: God’s ‘Secret Will’

Deuteronomy 29:29 | NIV

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”

What is God’s ‘Secret Will’?

God works all things according to His will, meaning God is sovereign and His plan prevails. 

You see this at the cross of Jesus Christ.  All kinds of things were happening around the cross. People were mocking and scheming. Satan was stirring up events that lead to the Crucifixion of Lord Jesus.

What was God the Father was doing in those moments? He was working all things according to his plan. What does this wonderful truth tell us? As you and I go through turmoil, asking, ‘Where are you, God?’, He is in the midst of all that’s going on in our lives. Nothing happens in our lives outside of God’s plan and purpose, or behind His control. God will weave a wonderful truth into the painful event that you’re going through.

Admittedly, we often find ourselves asking, “Lord, what are you doing here? Why did you allow this in my life? Why did you save her, and not him? What good could come from this?”

All these questions are about God’s ‘Secret Will’. And the secret things belong to the Lord.

How do we respond to His ‘Secret Will’? We must trust Him, learning to walk by faith and not by sight. We wait until the day that all secrets will be revealed in heaven. We will then see it with new eyes. 

What should be our response, when we are wondering about the mystery of God’s ‘Secret Will’? We can’t see what He is doing. This is where we must pray, “Lord, strengthen my faith to trust you, and let ‘Your Will’ be done”.

Stay Tuned for the second one ‘God’s Discerned Will’, and the third one ‘God’s Revealed Will’.

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