How Do You Know?? Part Two
It is a question I have heard many times during recent days. It is a really good question, too. Not just to have certainty of a pastor’s relocation, but for every one who follows the Lord Jesus. How can you know what the Lord’s will is when things come up that are not spelled out chapter and verse in the Bible?
The second part to discerning the will of God is the obvious, but too often neglected, privilege of prayer. Or, to put it in very simplistic terms: “Ask Him!”
By ‘too often neglected’ I do NOT mean that we don’t say things like, “God, what do you want me to do?” Often, we will breathe that prayer in our heart and mind when a choice or dilemma arises. What I mean is (if you are anything like me), we too often just do not believe God is our FATHER who really does want to bless His children with good and perfect gifts. It’s one thing to ask the Lord to show us His will. It’s another thing to actually believe that He wants to reveal His will to His children and bless them in it. One merely goes through the motions because we are supposed to pray. The other prays because there is an excited Father-child relationship going on. One is legal . . . dry. . . boring. The other is expectant and full of faith.
Jesus urges us to pray with expectant faith, does He not???
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Of if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
Read the verses again.
Now, read them again.
With the faith a child has when asking his dad if he can have an Oreo after supper, ask God to show you His will for that situation you are facing.