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Saturday January 13, 2018.

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Finding the Will of God

"I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart" (Psalm 40:8).

How would you describe the process by which you find and do the will of God in your life? For some, finding the will of God is like playing bumper cars. We keep going in one direction until we bump into an obstacle, turn, and go in another direction. It is a constant process of elimination, failure, or success. Is this the way God would have us find the will of God? I think not. I think that there is much more relationship between hearing the voice of God and living within the mystery of His omnipotence in our lives. Perhaps this process is more like water in a streambed. The water is constantly flowing to a final destination. As it presses against the streambed, it gently points the water towards its final destination. No abrupt head-on collisions, simply slight modifications of direction. Occasionally, we will come to a sharp turn in the contours of our life. For those times, God allows us to stretch our normal response to change. A popular Bible study says that we cannot go with God and stay where we are. Finding and doing the will of God always requires change. What changes are necessary in your life to join God in what He is already doing?

There is a direct connection between finding and doing the will of God and having the law of God in our heart. A friend once complained about the fact he did not know what God wanted of him in his life. My immediate response was, "How much time do you spend with God in Bible study, prayer, and meditation on scripture?" "Only a few minutes a day," he replied. How can we expect to hear and discern the voice of God if we don't spend focused time with Him? If you have a spouse, how did you get to know them before you married them? You spent time with them. You got to know everything about them. Our walk with God is no different. It isn't enough to have a desire to follow God, we must put our energy into getting to know Him. His will for us flows out of our relationship, it is not an end in itself. Commit yourself to seeking Him more in your life by spending more time with Him. "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3).

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