God has a specific plan for your life. His greatest desire is that you operate in this plan daily. Paul tells us to “…walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise men, making the most of the time because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Why? So we can enjoy the blessings of God and avoid the pitfalls that come from disobedience.
Many Christians today presume to know the will of God for their lives. I’ve heard people say they are called to the ministry, and then struggle with finances, marriage, and the people they serve until they become weary in well doing. We are to walk carefully, cautiously, and prudently. In other words, we should be cautious of the things we do and the choices we make.
Now, to understand means to comprehend, grasp, or be familiar with.” To understand the Lord’s will is to piece together, or make sense of it. The only way to do that is by developing a relationship with the Father. And it is not something you learn all at once. It is actually, a steady unfolding of revelation. The key to receiving this revelation is found in simple acts of obedience. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle; once completed, the pieces create an entire picture that could not be discerned when they were separated. As we operate in obedience, we begin to see more clearly God’s perfect will.
Next Time: Part 2 – Perfect Will v. Permissive Will