4:54am and His voice comes softly, awakening me. “Understand what the will of the Lord is.”
I lay under warm mountain for awhile, pondering these words, especially in light of yesterday’s word, “Keep yourself in the love of God.”
I think of how my traditional upbringing taught me to understand the will of God in terms of “Glorifying God” and “Obeying His commandments.”
Surely these are a part of His will.
But His words invite me to find articulation for what He has been revealing to me over a period of time. His will is not primarily the things I do.
For the next 3 days I pour over scriptures, getting Husband’s help using the Logos Bible study software pastors and missionaries use. Slowly, articulation comes.
“Will” is “thelema” in the Greek. It means desire, pleasure, intent. It is what One wishes or has determined shall be done. It is Christ slain before the foundation of the world. In short, it is the purpose of God to bless mankind through Christ.
How skewed we are when we think of God’s will simply in terms of what He desires from us! I must discipline self to think first in terms of His intent towards me.
Ephesians 1 is a gold mine for discovering God’s desire, pleasure, and intentions towards me. His will is “kind intentions” and “lavish grace.”
It is His will to bless me with every spiritual blessing,
to choose me,
to consider me holy and blameless,
to adopt me,
to redeem me,
to forgive me all my transgressions,
to make me the recipient of His lavish grace,
to give me all wisdom and insight into His heart for me,
to give me an inheritance,
to grant me the fullness of His Spririt,
to rescue me from the domain of darkness and transfer me to the kingdom of His beloved Son (Col 1),
to reconcile me to Himself,
to make me at peace with Him,
These things I “know,” but thinking of them in terms of His will for me adds dimension to the knowledge and empowers me in new ways.
After three days of searching, pondering, asking, it comes down to this phrase from Colossians 4:12, “Stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.”
This can be breath, blood, and life. As kids wake up and need me and Husband does too and I feel too broken and weak to give them what they deserve, I stand perfect on these words, “Fully assured in all the will of God. ” HE IS FOR ME.
As I dress tired, whiny child, I can do this. I can love and bless and give and pour out, because I am fully assured in all the will of God for me.
As older child grumbles about changing shirt, I can do this. I can take aside and breathe life words into him, exhort him to live up to his identity in Christ as beloved child.
As time presses and stress rises and lunches need packing and dress pants need ironing and children scatter toys, I can do this. I can focus on what really matters and stand perfect, fully assured in all the will of God for me.
Today is going to be a great day.
Repost from last November Can’t believe I missed Arabah’s one year mark~ smile~