Getting Past the Start Part 3–God’s Will

There are those who make God’s will a major point of contention. There is confusion in how the realities of free will can coexist with the realities of God’s will in an assumption that they simply can’t. This however reveals the tension that every believer must live in.

Tension is often associated with negative connotations. But tension in the case of shooting an arrow is necessary for a successful shot. Once that tension is released, it allows the arrow to fly with great purpose and direction. And the reality is that a substantial amount of tension must be created for an arrow to fly great distances.

I believe that our battle with the tension that exists between our will and God’s will is that we have a need for control. But we have to come to a point of realizing that our life’s purpose goes beyond our temporal desires.

But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.” We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:13-18,NLT, emphasis mine)

Verse 18 (MSG):  There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.

In the end it is as simple as this: God’s will is eternal whereas our “will” (which, let’s be honest, are primarily just our wants and desires) have a tendency to rest in the temporal. Submitting to God’s will goes beyond our personal desires. “We can’t simply believe in God. We have to choose to live daily for God, starting by submitting our will for His.” (p. 92)

getting past the start- temptation word graphicWe are in a constant battle against the temptations of our own will. We long for something, sometimes not necessarily bad, but if we don’t get it by our own means, we blame God.

Satan delights in our mistakes and boasts in our selfish desire to be so incredibly independent that we allow ourselves to become independent from the one who can help us or sometimes carry us through the very struggle we are battling. (p.93) In the end that temptation is so detrimental because it presents itself as a challenge of our true identity—who we claim to be in Christ Jesus. (p. 94)

God’s will isn’t something that we need to battle. It is something that often guides our own free will. It will guide us to what is best for us, because ultimately that is what God wants for us. The word for will used in the New Testament (in relation to God’s will) is thelema. Thelema literally means, “the purpose of God to bless mankind through Jesus Christ.” (p. 101)

So what is God’s will? Simply, “it is the deepest desires of God for our lives.” (p. 100). The Bible tells us that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord. That doesn’t mean that we always get our way, but it does mean that God is longing to bless us.

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