Monday, January 28, 2008

God's Will

I heard a thought provoking message last week on God's will.

Now...thought provoking in my shallow, practical mind...not in a deep theological mind...we will only be wading here folks, so don't get all zipped up in your wet suit!

Usually when God's will is prayed about, discussed...it usually centers around, "Where does GOD want me to go? What does he want me to do with my life? What job should I take? Where should I go to college?'...and on and on.

The point was that God's will is not necessarily about LOCATION, etc. but it is about BEHAVIOR!

YES...God has a plan for where we are supposed to go, who we are supposed to marry, where we should work.... but that cannot be our myopic focus.

As we walk in obedience and behave in the way God instructs us we don't have to worry those things. GOD will take care of it. He will open and shut the doors for us. He will make it clear to us what direction we should take in a specific area of our life.

I have been dwelling on that and searching the WORD the last few days. Here are two passages that I have been dwelling on.

Romans 12:2 from the New Century Version:
2 Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking (transformed by the renewing of your mind). THEN you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.

I Thessalonians 5:15-18

Be joyful always;
17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is GOD'S WILL for you in Christ Jesus.

For ME...right now...GOD'S WILL means...
  • some more HRT...
  • get my hiney out of bed in the mornings and press in in prayer...
  • and to pray continually...
  • memorize HIS word and hide it in my heart...
  • work on my organizational skills, (post about that to come)...
  • control my tone of voice...
  • be as sweet to my family and friends as Honey is to Pooh!
  • to TRUST GOD IN EVERYTHING...
  • relinquish total control of my life to HIM...HARD for me!
  • to give thanks in all circumstances...
  • and to be HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!
There is so much more...but I don't want to drown my 'easy to get overwhelmed' self.

Get out your Bible or go to Bible Gateway to do your own scripture search and ask youself the question:

"Am behaving in GOD'S WILL or is it time to say to myself...Straighten up young lady (man)?"

Share your thoughts...

5 comments:

Steve said...

MB,

It has been cool watching you grow in God. I think your growth has become more evident as you write about it on your blog. Every true learner teaches.

You always shy away from the word "deep." But you are "deep" in the right ways.

Keep growing. Keep learning. Keep teaching.

SB

Anonymous said...

Loved this blog.

Kel said...

Good word Mary Beth!

Anonymous said...

Hey girl: Great blog.

Love you.

Peggy

jamiejones said...

Great stuff.....I was also just thinking/reading/praying about the will of God as well and came across Acts 2 where they needed a replacement for Judas. You know the story-they cast lots to choose who would be the man. Well, before all that happens, we find that the apostles had to choose 2 men before they even cast lots. That was intriguing to me. They had to take matters into their own hands. They couldn't just wait for a BIG wind from heaven to knock down 2 people to cast lots for. They had to take initiative. But you had it right on-when our behavior is in line with God's Word, then our choices will automatically line up! And God will bless our every decision and plan!
Enough of my book.....
God bless!