God’s will. Sometimes it seems so clear…other times, so elusive. I had a friend in her mid 20’s that was diagnosed with breast cancer. How we all prayed for healing for her. That God would take that cancer away from her for good….but that wasn’t God’s will. God’s will was to heal her in heaven. Did God’s will seem fair at the time? No. She left behind a husband and two children, a family who loved her dearly, lots of friends who she inspired and loved her very much. There is a situation happening right now in another friend’s life that I totally don’t understand why. But from my earlier friend’s ordeal with cancer, I did learn a lot about God’s will. When I pray, I always include that God would show me his will or that God’s will be done. It might now be the way I want to see it happen, but God’s way is the best way. That is one thing I have learned quite well over the years.
I like her “4 Good Things that are true about God’s will”…. Just because we’re Christians, doesn’t mean there won’t ever be trouble. As a matter of fact, as Christians, we’re designated for trouble, and Satan works overtime to place us in situations that will cause us to doubt God. But if you are truly doing what God wants you to do, you’ll be able to deal with the trouble much better. Following God’s will is not easy. Jesus is a prime candidate for this rule. Being crucified was not easy, but it was what God wanted him to do. If Jesus can do it, he surely can help us do it as well. Following God will make you very uncomfortable. Sometimes it makes me reevaluate if I am really in God’s will when I am comfortable. I have seen several friends go through some really trying things, which I can tell are really stretching their faith, but they remain faithful even though things are getting/did get very hard for them. To be in the will of God, will we really do what he says? It’s not something that happens immediately. It’s a conscious decision that we have to make and follow through.
Looks like I need to spend some time in prayer to be sure that I am in God’s will and that he will guide me all along the way. God’s will isn’t easy, it doesn’t always make sense, but He is faithful and just, and he will keep his promises to you. Are you walking in God’s will? How do you know?
“Following God will make you very uncomfortable.” So true!
There are seasons of joy and sorrow, and obviously joyful ones are the easiest (and fun). When I’m in a tough season, I sometimes forgot that it is important for me to learn the lesson then, instead of drag my way through it and ignore God’s voice–otherwise I often have to go around the same mountain again, like the Israelites.
Then there are times when bad things happen that I know are not from God, but are simply a result of the fall and corruption of sin (like death, disease, etc). It is easy to forget to go to God for comfort in these times, when the world offers so many distractions.
But then I remember that Jesus came so that I might have life and have it fully (what does this mean to us?). What this means to me is that when something bad happens, I hold God’s hand and redirect my perspective, thinking, “This world is temporary. No matter what happens, I am with Him now, and will be with Him when it’s over. And seasons always change!” Then I can live with joy. It’s weird when that happens–I think often it is a choice, whether we choose to live in the tomb, or in God’s resurrection power. The good feelings don’t always come right away, but the peace that transcends all understanding, I think, does–if we believe it.
John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Thanks for this. DH is really struggling with his dad’s cancer diagnosis…so far the prognosis is good, but we know realistically that there is always that chance he’ll lose the battle. Even though we can totally lean on God and ask Him for healing, sometimes His answer is different than our desires. Helps to keep things in perspective, knowing that even if Dad loses his battle, it doesn’t mean God was absent or not listening.
I was having a passing conversation with my mother in law this evening about this very thing. She asked me a question and it was “When you came here, did you find it hard?” (I moved from America to Australia to marry her son) I said back to her “Not at all. Flying in a plane was worse for me. Reason being was that I prayed for a year before I decided to move here and I had the PEACE OF GOD with me when I came. I KNEW he was alright with it. The fact that I wasn’t scared or worried or unsure about the situation is enough in itself. God called me here!”
I find walking in the Will of God to be very comfortable and stress free. I know if I am trying to handle something in my own strength, that I most likely will fail but when I trust and depend on God and his WILL for my life, I will succeed and so far this has proved true in my life!