Ask Dr. Ron — What is the meaning of “God’s Will?”

Ever struggle discerning God’s will for your life on a certain matter? Join the club, as most, if not all of us have, like Jacob of old, wrestled with the will of God for our lives. Where should I go to college? Whom should I marry? Where should I work?   Taking a “word picture” approach, the word will is like a kaleidoscope. You know, one of those tubes you look into while you turn it and the colors inside change from one set of colors and shapes to another.  For example:

  • When you make a choice, no matter how great or small, you are revealing your will.
  • You have heard someone say, “That child has a very strong will.” Here is yet another color of the word will demonstrated by the behavior of a child in order to achieve his/her desired goal.
  • Then, we have all heard of a final Will and Testament, or a Living Will, which are a legal documents giving a person, (after their death or incapacitation), the power and authority to make certain decisions concerning themselves, their family and their property.
  • Then there is the big one, God’s Will. We’ve all heard the preacher say, “God desires to reveal His will to each and every one of us.” We scratch our heads and think, “I wish He’d give me a “burning bush” demonstration like he gave Moses!”

One of the keys to finding the will of God has to be wrapped up in the word submission.

In Matthew 6:10 Jesus said these words to His Father, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

You see, by His very words in that prayer, Jesus modeled for us that the first step to finding God’s will is submission.

So, let’s push the “pause” button for a moment and ask ourselves the question,

“What is my level of submission to God?”

Something to think about . . .