Jesus said, “Don’t bicker among yourselves over me. You’re not in charge here. The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me—that’s the only way you’ll ever come. Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End. This is what the prophets meant when they wrote, ‘And then they will all be personally taught by God.’ Anyone who has spent any time at all listening to the Father, really listening and therefore learning, comes to me to be taught personally—to see it with his own eyes, hear it with his own ears, from me, since I have it firsthand from the Father. No one has seen the Father except the One who has his Being alongside the Father—and you can see me. (John 6:43-46, MSG)
Living in God’s will requires asking for God’s guidance. It also requires listening. God will personally teach us. “Sometime we avoid listening for fear of what we may hear, sometimes for fear that we may hear nothing at all but the empty rattle or our own feet on the pavement”(Frederick Buechner).But there is no other choice than keep on listening if we yearn to hear God’s voice. More we practise it more we start seeing God in action around us.
Living in God’s will requires also willingness to wait. Living in God’s will requires willingness to trust that God’s timing is best. I have found these two quotes to be so true:
“God has a time for everything, a perfect schedule. He is never too soon, never too late” (Richard C. Halverson)
“Sometimes God delays the answer to our prayer in final form until we have time to build up the strength, accumulate the knowledge, or fashion the character that would make it possible for Him to say yes to what we ask”.(Samuel Pepys)
We all know that waiting is hard but it is the best thing to do if we don’t get clear direction to move on. I’ve learned that when it is time to change direction God’s guidance is very clear. But most of the time we are to live our lives obediently and faithfully where we have been planted. We need to believe that God is working on our behalf all the time. Even when we can’t see anything happening. Even when we can’t see how things could ever work out.
God has a thousand ways
Where I can see not one;
When all my means have reached their end
Then His have just begun.
Living in God’s will means living humbly before God. Living in God’s will means accepting that God is God and God’s ways are sometimes mysterious. More we converse with God, more we get familiar with God’s ways. It is exhilarating to start detecting divinity around us. God is not silent but when we are too busy or too full of ourselves we don’t see what God is doing. Also, if we expect God to always act in dramatic ways, we might miss God working subtly in ordinary.
I end with the prayer written by Dag Hammarskjold:
May God give us a pure heart so we may see Him
a humble heart so we may hear Him;
a loving heart so we may serve Him;
a faithful heart so we may live Him.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What else is on your mind about living in God’s will?
Be blessed as you continue to live in God’s will!