So I think everyone in their right mind has wondered this. Even if their god is not a god of a certain religion. What is God’s will for my life? What am I supposed to do when I grow up? Am I walking in my will or in God’s will for my life? We get so bogged down and stressed out wondering are we living our life in His will. What about the phrase someone one told me about God laughing at my plans! What is that about!!! Oh the pressure!
We are so walking in our flesh here. And the enemy is loving it. He wants us to be unfulfilled in our Christian life. He wants us to struggle so much with our future plans that we worry so much about them that the pressure of giving our plans to God goes down the drain, because we are so caught up in the mess of it all. Where is the freedom? There is none when we act like this we are chained to the weight of the pressure.
Today is day 14 in my prayer plan with YouVersion. Today’s passage is from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it says:
16 Rejoice always,17 pray without ceasing,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
So the will of God, according to this passage, is to do 3 things. Let’s look at each and see why they are important.
Rejoice always- To rejoice is to be full of hope. We should rejoice because we have ultimate hope that God’s kingdom in the end will reconcile all of our world’s brokenness. Joy is one of the fruits of the spirit. And to have a fruit of the spirit we need to be filled with the spirit. We are filled with the spirit by spending time with Jesus in prayer and in his Word. Which kind of leads into the next one.
Pray without ceasing- this suggests a mental attitude of prayerfulness, continual personal fellowship with God, and consciousness of being in His presence (His Kingdom) through out each day. It’s like we surrender our ability to control anything that happens in our day to day life and we hand over the controls to God. This is part of His will for us.
Give Thanks in all Circumstance- Whew this is a hard one (not that the other 2 are a walk in the park)! Having a thankful heart can really change your perspective on things. We as followers of Christ should be marked by thanksgiving because it is only by the free gift (one we have done nothing to deserve) of Christ interceding for us, that we are made right before God. Having this attitude is difficult but when we do it leads to so much freedom.
So the answer to all of our questions should start and perhaps end with these three things. When we do them we are walking in His will. The rest is just the details. So relax. Don’t let the enemy rob you of your freedom in Christ. This text was meant for me to hear. Was it meant for you? Selah.