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, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 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.