This morning I was writing for a resource called XP3College - it's offered through ReThink and is designed as a practical tool for those that have read one of my previous books, The Slow Fade. Anyway, the conversation guide I was writing is 4 dialogs long and had to do with God's will. I thought this could be encouraging for some readers here, so here are some things dialog two (of 4) talks about.
Everyone is interested in God's will. We seek to know what He wants us to do in specific circumstances and the truth is, if we're honest, seeking these things out can be quite frustrating sometimes. On another side, I know Christians that struggle with wondering if they are even in God's will. They wonder if they make one decision over another if that would somehow remove them from God's will. This core fear is what often drives them be stifled in making a decision in any direction.
We all have specific things we are praying about, but sometimes it helps to look at this topic from a 30,000 foot view. What do we know God wants and what do we know He is doing? Here are at least 3 things we know for sure:
- God is reconciling all things to Himself through Jesus (Colossians 1:19-20). God is restoring what is broken and this includes us.
- God is bringing Christians toward Christ-likeness (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8/ Philippians 1:6).
- God often finds it necessary to bring trial into our lives (1 Peter 1:6-7, 4:12-13).
So, if God is in anyway restoring brokenness within you, if God is in anyway changing you to be more like Christ and if there is any amount of pain in your life....you can be confident that you are in God's will. I sincerely hope that is an encouragement to you...it was to me this morning as I wrote it. Kind of weird how that happens sometimes.