Psalm 121:1 – “I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help?” NKJV
As we consider God’s remedy for Life’s Problems and His bringing us to a state of contentment and destroying dissatisfaction we realize that the real cure is “Spiritual Growth” and “Spiritual Maturity.” If you are standing still you are stagnant and have become stuck. That will not only not lead you to the remedy and victory it will open the door for discouragement, disappointment, and defeat.
Contentment grows out of understanding the Will of God. It is there we are able to walk worthy of His calling, remain faithful to His purposes, increase in the Knowledge of God, become strong, steadfast and allow patience to possess our souls. This is addressed in Colossians 1:7-12 and I encourage you to read, meditate upon, and allow the truth of those verses to become a part of your consciousness and commitment. That brings us to some important factors that we need to address.
WE NEED TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD…
Even the Lord Jesus Himself felt it a primary purpose, His responsibility, call and commission to Glorify the Father. How did He do that? In John 17:4 he said, “I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou has given me to do.” Jesus glorified the Father by DOING or COMPLETING His assignment. He was and is the Chief Corner Stone in the Building of God. In the Garden, Jesus prayed, “Father if it is possible, let this cup pass, but if not then Your Will Be Done.” That must become our prayer, commitment, and purpose.
The immediate question and one that I am asked repeatedly is, “What work has the Lord assigned to me?” or “How can I know the will of God?” I probably cannot answer either of those satisfactorily for everyone but ask you to consider what is in your heart? What is your passion? What cocks your pistol spiritually? What motivates you? Those will help you discover your purpose. But beyond that, we have all been given the Commission to share God’s Redemptive Plan with the world. Acts 1:8 should be a reminder and encouragement, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” He did not say you might receive power but you WILL and He did not say you might be a witness, He said you WILL be witnesses. Therefore, one clear purpose for your life is taking the Gospel of Jesus to the lost.
I am 100% convinced we will never be aware of God’s Will and Purpose for our lives UNTIL we are aware of God’s Person, Who God is. Hudson Taylor, the great missionary to China, had a plaque on his wall as a constant reminder and encouragement that read, “The sun stood still, the iron did float, this God is our God!” He is the God of miracles and is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Remember from the biblical record that God answered the prayer of an ordinary man and the sun stood still. He suspended the Law of Gravity and the iron ax head floated as seen in Joshua 10;13 and 2 Kings 6:6. This is the God to whom we pray. This is the God of our call and purpose. This is the God on whom we rely and upon whose Promised we rest. He is El-Shaddai, the God who is enough! He is Jehovah-Nissi, our banner. He is Jehovah-Shalom, our peace. He is Jehovah-Tsidkenu, our peace. He is Jehovah-Jireh, our provider. He is Jehovah-Raphe, our healer. He is Jehovah-Ra’ah, our shepherd. He is Jehovah-Shammah, the one who is always there.
In the business and industrial world, the past is extremely important with regard to employee performance. The past is the best indicator of how a person will perform in the future. Likewise, with God, we can evaluate His past and find incredible comfort and encouragement. He is Truth and therefore it is impossible for Him to lie. He is Omniscient and it is impossible for Him to be deceived. He is Omnipotent making it impossible for Him to confront a situation that He cannot overcome. He is Omnipresent making it impossible for Him to be late.
You will never know the will of God until you know the God of the will! If you want to know God’s will for your life the best and the first place to begin is “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Make the pursuit of God your purpose and He will reveal His plans for your life, equipping and preparing you in the process.
I must address a bit more on this so I will pause here and pick up in the next devotional. God, bless you richly as you walk in Him this wonderful day He has made and go forth rejoicing and being glad!