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Stop stressing about the will of God

Many Christians view the will of God as the preordained script that God has written for the world or as a certain destination that people are to reach in their lives by finding the “right”  job, marrying the “right” spouse and making the “right” decisions when you come to a fork in the road.

While it is important to seek the Lord for guidance in our lives and trust his leading (Provers 3:4-6) the New Testament authors approach the will of God in a very different light than the way the will of God is spoken of in many Christian circles.

As I have contemplated the will of God and the way that this phrase is thrown around I saw something I had never noticed before.

The will of God is not so much what you do but how you do what you do.

Take a look at these texts:

  • The will of God has much more to do with how you are working than where you are working.

Ephesians 6:5-7 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

  • The will of God has more to do with how you love your spouse rather than who you marry

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

  • The will of God has more to do with how you honor the leadership of the country rather than what political party you vote for.

1 Peter 2:13-15 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

  • The will of God has more to do with your attitude than what is taking place in your life

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

There are plenty of examples of this principle but I simply want to point out that the will of God is not nearly as mysterious as many people tend to make it.

So quit stressing. Pray. Make a decision. And trust.

Jared Ruddy
Husband, author, and blogger who finds it very uncomfortable to write about himself.


  1. Rick Stewart says:

    Great blog brother. God chose us to be like Him. Amen? Forgive me for posting all this here, but I’m compelled to do so…

    I want to share with you some of what The Lord has been sharing with me… about how we live and act, about “word” and “deed”.

    “Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. And whatever you do in word or deed, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ,giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
    Colossians 3:12-15, 17

    The Greek word translated in verse 17, “word”, is Logos. (From Lego)This actually has a much bigger and broader meaning than just our spoken words. This “logos” also includes our thoughts, our reasonings AND our motives behind the words we speak. As well as our body language. Even to the point of what we wear or how we adorn ourselves. This is a complete package of “what and how we are communicating” to the point of “what message we are laying out there” for someone to perceive.

    The Greek word here for “deed” or “works”, (ergos) is the noun form of the verb “ergo”. It does not refer to the deed which was performed, more importantly, it is the action taken; The on-purpose effort. (it’s also tied together with the motives behind the action.)

    Therefore, When someone sees us just doing our daily life, (before we ever speak any words), the way we carry ourself, the way we act, and the way we “appear”, ought to be Christ-like and then when we do open our mouth, all of our words should be in perfect agreement and alignment with the same Christ-likeness. And as we walk through this hurting and lost world, we are to make on purpose efforts to bless others, to positively effect them, and to draw them to The Love that has been shed abroad in our hearts: The Love of God!

    However, We CANNOT give someone what we don’t have. Our close relationship with God produces these words and deeds. (A naturally occurring side effect) So we must be continually seeking God First, and His Righteousness!

    God’s Love IS a verb. Love is an action, and Love always produces action. …The RIGHT action.

    Here’s a little bonus…:-))

    James wrote…Faith without “works” is dead. (he uses the same Greek word ergos). It was said to me like this the other day and I completely agree…

    Faith without Love is dead.

    God Bless you!

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