Knowing God’s Will
I think the current generation is obsessed with finding God’s will, but treat its like it’s some mythological quest…almost like finding the ring in Mordor. So if you’re not careful and don’t follow the exact path, you’ll miss out. Therefore, we spend all this time trying to figure out the big great will of God for our life, but ignore the 100s if not thousands of smaller decisions we make not considering God’s will.
Knowing God’s will isn’t a quest or a discovery, but it’s happens through a renewed mind. Romans 12:2-3 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
If you have ever driven on an old country dirt road, sometimes you’ll notice ruts where cars have driven in the past that you can help but drive in. In fact, you could probably take your hand off the wheel and the ruts would steer for you. Same is true is true for our lives. When we become a Christian, we get new desires but our minds have ruts…deep patterns of thinking and behaving that were conformed to this world and not righteousness. We need be transformed by the renewal of our minds by God’s word. Once these “new ruts” are created, we will know God’s will. Proverbs 2:9 tells us that because of the renewing of our mind through God’s word, then we will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path.
Without this renewing of our mind, we’ll make decisions based upon old ruts. Selfish ruts. Me first ruts. Materialistic ruts. There’s no amount of prayer or wise counsel from friends that will overcome these patterns of thinking. Only with a renewed mind do we start to say, “Not my will but Yours Lord.”