Saturday, October 24, 2015

God's Ultimate Will - October 24, 2015

Philippians 2:12-13 (New International Version, ©2010)
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Philippians 2:12-13 (The Message)
12-13What I'm getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you've done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I'm separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.

So, what is God's will? It is a question I know I will be searching for the rest of my life. God has led me to this point in my life. He chose the time and place, the occupation and circumstances, my past and my future. Everything that is "me" is under His control. His will is what I will prayerfully pursue forever. He has gifted me with a seat at His table, a place of rest at His feet. It took a long, round about way to get me here, but now I am here.

I have tried to answer what is meant by God's will, but I believe only each person can discover and answer that question. None of us is the same, and His will for each of us is different. What ties us together is our pursuit to find His will for each one of us, to pursue it, and in the end to be found acceptable for doing so. I would want nothing else but to have served at God's good pleasure, and like Paul the apostle before me, be acknowledged as a good and faithful servant.

Then again, since God is ultimately in control, He will help me complete the assignment He has laid out for me! Comforting isn't it? In the end, if we call on Him to be our Lord and Savior, He will make sure we do what He wants us to do! He will help us to do His good and perfect will.

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