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When to Forget the Question of God’s Will

I hope you find the same, but I receive incredible encouragement and strength from God’s word. It is amazing how words I have read before in other places and other contexts don’t make much of an impact, but at the right time they come alive and testify of eternal truth.

Following up from last entry about doing the BIG impossible, what about the everyday things? Here’s the Scripture that bolstered my faith today. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NLT) says,

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. (emphasis mine)

It’s easy to get bogged down in  all the “how to’s” and “what if’s” of what you feel God wants you to do even in smaller things, but this is a reminder your faith is prompting you to action. There is no need to live in a constant panic of “is this God’s will or not? Should I do this or not do this?” You become paralyzed.

While there are certain areas these questions are valid, there are a whole lot of things that fall into the gravy category. They are details. Don’t ignore the good things your faith is compelling you to do because as He gives us power to accomplish these things Jesus will be honored.

That just makes me happy.

No need to stress over what’s happening or not happening (preaching to myself as well here). Don’t get paralyzed with fear and ignore your faith. Let it move you, prod you, push you–because without work (the actually doing part), your faith withers and eventually falls silent.

May we be aware and in tune with the power that He gives. That can come in many forms and demonstrations, but it begins with trust while recognizing and submitting to God’s authority and Lordship.

You don’t need 38 signs and 54 Scripture verses that conclusively light up a neon sign that flashes GOD’S WILL so that you do something to show love for your next door neighbor or your coworker or whoever else.

Your faith is prompting you to action, now you need power. We see needs great and small and our faith spurs ideas. It’s up to us to act on them.

This is truth for every believer. What are the good things in your heart you would do if there were nothing stopping you (real or perceived)?

I hope you can make this your prayer today:

Father, I want to live a life worthy of Your call. There are good things I want to do, my faith is pushing me to do, but I need grace and Your power to press past the excuses. There is no lack in You. There is no fear or doubt in You. I draw on the strength that Your word provides and know that Jesus will be honored as I allow grace to do a complete work.

It’s not about right or wrong or every detail. It’s about trusting His faithfulness, relying on grace, and seeing great things happen.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you ever wrestle with yourself on the good things you could be doing?

6 Comments

  1. I think you are right Jason. We do tend to get bogged down in the “How to’s” and the “500 ways to know God’s will” sort of stuff. I believe in praying for God to lead me where He wants me to go, even when I can’t see. I also know that if I am truly trying to follow His will He will not abandon me if it happens to be a wrong choice or not the best choice.
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    • That’s a huge comfort, isn’t it? He’s not looking for a reason to drop us if we make “one false move.” He’s there every step of the way. So thankful. Thank you, Bill.

  2. I have surely needed God’s grace and power this week as my MIL is staying with us after a week at the hospital. Now don’t get me wrong -- I love her more than words can say, but when usual routines are upset, we can be tempted to react in uncaring ways. I’ve asked God for His help, and He has come through in a big way. For that, I’m forever grateful!
    Would you pray for her, Jason? Her name is Mimi.
    Blessings to you!

    • That’s beautiful. Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to this, but I was wondering today if you wanted to share what’s been going on so I could pray. Then I see this and that you did so I apologize for my tardiness, but I will be praying. I have a similarly hard time making adjustments even though I have to do it constantly. Grace and more grace to you, Martha! Thanks so much.

  3. Beautiful prayer, Jason. I think we all get caught up in the world and miss the heart and core of our calling. It takes broken humility to find it. Pondering….

    • Oh so true. So many distractions. So many fires demanding attention. So many fears confronting us. In the midst of it, He’s there desiring to love and serve through us. Just incredible to consider. Thank you, Floyd.

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