Colin Smith’s teachings on this subject clarified some of my confusion. The previous post was about God’s ‘Secret Will’. Now, we’re looking at God’s ‘Discerned Will’ and ‘Revealed Will’.
It says in [Romans 12:2]
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what ‘God’s Will’ is—his good, pleasing and perfect Will.”
This tells us that there is the will of God that isn’t secret and it’s not revealed either; it’s somewhere in between, where we must use discernment. This happens when we wrestle with our decisions, struggling with what ‘God’s Will’ is.
How do we respond to God’s ‘Discerned Will’? We must pursue the path of wisdom to discover this facet of God’s will.
There is no specific answer for our questions in the Bible. But it says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. [Philippians 4:8-9]
The good news is that you’re not alone in the biggest decisions of your life. The Lord is your shepherd and He will lead you beside the still water.
To seek the path of wisdom and discern God’s plan: Go to Him, asking Him to reveal His will in prayer.
The third one is: God’s ‘Revealed Will’.
His ‘Revealed Will’ is found in the scriptures. The things that are revealed in His word—the Bible belong to us.
Pastor Colin Smith continued:
The ’Revealed Will’ includes the Ten Commandments. Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” [Matthew 22: 37-38]
And “ Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” [Romans 12:12]
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil.” [Romans 12: 17]
THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR OUR LIVES!
Of course, we all struggle on a daily basis. Though it doesn’t come easily, discovering God’s ‘Revealed Will’ should be always our first concern. God doesn’t hold us accountable for His ‘Secret Will’, but he will hold us accountable for His ‘Revealed Will’.
It doesn’t matter where you live and where you’re from; what matters is how you live.
Do you follow the great commandments?
John said in [1 John 2:17], “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. The world and the things in it will pass, but not the Will of God.”
Therefore, when we pray, “Help me to do your will”, we are asking for God to reveal what He has kept secret. We are also asking for wisdom regarding what God has asked us to discern. Finally we are asking for God’s help in being obedient to what He reveals to us in His word. This is the meaning of ‘God’s Will’ be done.