If I Can Just Know
If I can just know that I am in the will of God or that I have pleased Him I have peace.
Philippians 4:6-7: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Bible says that the peace of God passes our understanding. But finding the peace of God should not pass our understanding. The most important ways are spelled out clearly in the Bible. His will for our everyday lives will never violate the principles in the Bible. We can find the will of God for our everyday lives and decisions. The more we know of the Bible the easier it will be to find it.
Sometimes when I am going from my home to a specific place there are two or three different streets that I can drive on to get there. The distance I would travel on each of those streets to my destination is equal. The time it takes to reach my destination may vary on each of the streets. Sometimes I remember to ask the Lord which street He wants me to drive on. I get a definite sense of which street He wants me to drive on. I drive on that street and I have a wonderful sense of peace.
I have sought His will. I have not made a decision before I sought His will. It made no difference whatsoever to me which street I drove on.
We seldom have a problem by not knowing His will. We always have problems by rejecting or disobeying what we know of His will. We have problems when we do not surrender to Him. We have problems when we do not ask Him what His will is. Sometimes we simply forget to ask. Sometimes we make up our minds first and don*t want to ask. Sometimes we assume we know His will and don*t ask. Sometimes we expect His will for us to be the same today as it was yesterday. His will never changes but today is always a little different than yesterday. We must ask Him to reveal His will every day and probably a hundred times a day. It is easier to surrender my will to Him in the matter of which street to drive on than in bigger issues, but we must start someplace learning that His will and wisdom are better than ours.
Luke 16:10: He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
If we sent our children to the grocery store but didn*t tell them what to buy we would make it impossible for them to buy the right thing. They are not mind-readers. If we genuinely want God*s will and ask Him for it, He is responsible for giving it to us. If He did not reveal His will to us, we could not know it nor obey it. He does not make it impossible for us to do His will.
Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The will of God is an exact and perfect thing on His side of it. What keeps us from knowing His perfect will is usually the interference of our flesh. It happens when we withhold something from Him. But sometimes He withholds His exact will from us because knowing it would be bad for us. He reveals His will to us on a need-to-know basis. When we present our bodies to Him, when we surrender to Him we may prove His perfect will.
When we are surrendered to Him, even though we are incapable of knowing all of His specific will, He knows our limitations and promises His guidance in spite of them.
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
I will take the liberty of defining a good man as one who is surrendered to the Lord.
Too often we are troubled about not knowing God*s will. What we should be troubled about is not wanting and seeking His will.