1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, Psalm 66
Everyone wants to know God’s will for their lives. I don’t know why we just don’t read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 which says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Actually, I do know why people would prefer to gloss over these verses when addressing the “God’s will” question. The answer to this question is both simple and impossible. God’s will for our life is simple, that is easy to understand and uncomplicated. Pray like you breathe, that is without ceasing. Give thanks for the millions of good things in life. Delightfully bask in the beauty of God. This is simple. At the same time, it is impossible. The trajectory of a human life often makes us more proud, self-dependent, cranky, thankless, joyless, and harsh. Without intervention the vicissitudes of life leave us beleaguered, frustrated, and very distant from God’s standards for our lives. Following God’s will is difficult. God’s will for our lives is to address our hearts before ever directing our circumstances. As Americans, and probably as people, we want to know what God wants us to be doing, where as God wants us to focus on what we are becoming. Believe it or not, this is harder work than deciding whether to ask someone out on a date or whether to apply for another job. You see, we can always run from commitments, jobs, or relationships but we cannot run from ourselves. We are stuck with ourselves and God’s main work in us is for us, that is to transform us for God’s glory. Thus, God wants us to understand His will is bound up with transforming our character and via this transformed character, cooperating with continual prayer, to lead us in paths that are pleasing. So, if you ever want to know God’s will for your life, I recommend turning to 1 Thessalonians 5 for redirection.