4 Myths Concerning God’s Will

(As the next several weeks unfold before us, I will be examining 4 myths concerning God’s will.)

4 Myths About God’s Will

Part I

#1 The Myth Of God’s elusive will.

Colossians 1:9-14

 9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Paul writes to the Church: I’m praying you will be filled with the knowledge of God’s will so that you will walk worthy of God. The Apostle Paul then couples the imperative “walk” with the Gospel of “deliverance, transferal, redemption and forgiveness”.  Christian: God makes you worthy of Himself by delivering you from the domain of darkness into the Kingdom of His beloved Son.

The walking isn’t about your legs.  The walking is about Christ’s legs.

The whole walking worthy of the one true God who dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16) thing, is completely rooted in the whole being liberated from the dominion of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of His beloved son, thing.

Take heart my fellow harassed sheep, for coming at all the walking and all the knowing in a Christocentric fashion prevents your soul from deflating with despair over the gravity of the task.

It is, after all, His task.

Despite this balm: I have run into many who feel God’s will is this elusive, slippery, difficult to capture bird, a flighty reclusive creature one may well spend a lifetime looking for yet never glimpse.

Is this true or merely widely accepted conjecture?

The stereotype is the young person getting ready to go to college.  They wring their hands and furrow their brow and drink down gallons of angst from the cup of self reproach:

“Am I making the right choice?”

“Will I be happy in this vocation?”

“Will I meet my future spouse here?”

“What if I fail?”.

As if choosing and going to a college ever determined whom one would become.  

Don’t be gullible, Grasshopper: whom you shall be has much more to do with Jesus than the promises of a college brochure.

Nonetheless, I have discerned this truth as I pray with and give counsel to the children of God whom sit in my study and wander these sacred hills & hollows: many whom claim to struggle with figuring out God’s will for their lives are actually struggling with figuring out what they want for their lives.

Word on the prairie is that people have been known to disguise “My will be done” in the sacred costume of “Thy will be done”.

Heaven forbid.

This is easily recognizable.  Do we talk about what we want, or what God wants?  Do we speak of what is good for the Christian Church, or do we talk about what is good for us?   Did the thought even cross our minds?

The knowledge of God’s will is to walk worthy of Him.  The paradox is this: the only ones who walk worthy of Christ are the ones whom Christ carries from darkness to light.  This is about a citizenship bought for you by Jesus on the Cross, not a check list of demands you have to keep to stay in the club.

 

Life Isn’t A Swap Meet.

 

Nor is seeking God’s will a negotiation in which we go back and forth with God, bartering, until we come to an understanding.  Abraham’s negotiation with the almighty in Genesis 18 is not normative.

My father has a talent for restoring derelict automobiles to their former glory.  My childhood was occupied with pushing lifeless husks of Americana from one end of the driveway to the other in order to make way for still others.  We would go to swap meets to obtain the requisite ingredients needed for automotive resurrection.

Father is a master at wheeling and dealing.  He would put $10 is one pocket $40 in another until all his pockets were prepared for the acquisition of the various parts needed to resurrect American muscle.  He’d barter and tell the various hucksters and collectors that he’d love to take this thingymugummy off their hands, but he only had $5 in this pocket.  He floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee during every negotiation until the little red monster wagon (My father had put enormous tires on a little red wagon we took with us for hauling the spoils of war) was overflowing with valve covers and bumpers.

There are times to barter, but life everlasting is not a swap meet.

Is God’s will elusive?

The Lord Jesus bids us to take up our Cross and follow Him in Luke 9:23-26

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Between being transferred from the dominion of darkness and taking up one’s cross daily the pillars of God’s will are not as elusive as some would claim.

Is it not more likely that some puff up the myth of God’s elusive will so that they might do that which seems right in their own eyes during the interim?

The myth claims that God’s will is too difficult to discern, therefore, “follow your heart”.

Hearts make tyrannical gods (Jeremiah 17:9-10).

We dustlings do have a certain taste for convolution, no?

The crucified carpenter King has a way of focusing every moment through the periscope of the cross and that everlasting Day.

Don’t deny it, Grasshopper, a cross shaped periscope is the tool you need for discerning God’s will, because you are submerged under the murky fall of it all.

We are dusty.  We are paupers.  We are grasshoppers.

We are dustlings with a pocket full of nothing seeking to barter in the throne room as though it were a mere swap meet.

While the cross of Christ gains us access to the throne room of God (Ephesians 2:18, Romans 5:2, 1 John 2:1, Hebrews 6:19-20) we would do well to not confuse Him for less than He is.

Intimacy is no excuse for taking liberties with God.

Behold the will of God: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. “

And the dustlings respond: how about part time?

Jesus: Take up your cross daily and follow me.

Dustlings: 50%

Jesus: Take up your cross daily and follow me.

Dustlings: How about I keep some idols… under the saddle (Gen. 31:34)?

Jesus: Take up your cross daily and follow me

Dustlings:  Would you take Christmas and Easter, and I do what I want the rest of the time?

Jesus: Take up your cross daily and follow me.

Dustlings: What if I’m the dirty joke guy at work, but the Christian Dad at home?

Jesus:  Take up your cross daily and follow Me.

Dustlings:  I plan on calling myself a Christian yet sever myself from the flock save for the times nothing else is going on, and then complain that I’m hungry.

Jesus:  Take up your cross daily and follow me.

Dustlings:  Consider this proposition: I will just find a way to tell my friends that you didn’t really mean any of the controversial stuff about morals and money.  I’ll spend my time explaining why I’m not lame like all those other Christians.

Jesus: Take up your Cross daily and follow me.

Jesus never learned to negotiate in Synagogue as a wee lad.

Thankfully, for your soul, Jesus is terrible at compromising with the dominion of Darkness.

Likewise, the Lord Jesus is uncompromising with those who would trade the promised land for the comfort of Egypt.

The myth of the elusive will of God only works when God has been reduced to myth.

 

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