I have a dilemma, for which I did a word search in Bible Gateway, to find God's will on the subject. Praying that the Lord would open my heart to his message, I actually found an answer in about the 3rd verse I read, and found confirmation of God's will on the matter, just a few verses further down. But my heart was not at peace, because I felt like God wanted me to know more about "HIS WILL."
In general, I discovered that:
~ There are a lot of verses which said it was God's will that Israel be his people, that they might serve him, and he would provide for them.
~ There were also a lot of verses that indicated that his people would have joy, and pleasure in his gifts, blessings, and provision. That it was his will that we expect him to provide. Jesus derided some for not accepting this fact as second nature. Without second thought.
~ I found verse after verse through out the Old and New Testamensts, that included Salvation as a primary element of God's will for us. It was and is, and always has been his perfect plan.
~ I noticed that when anyone was in God's will, or had discovered God's will, they were filled with praise, and glorified God, for making his will known.
~ It was appearant that God wants us to know his will. And that great men of God, didn't proceed until they knew God's will.
~ A lot was said about safety as long as you were in his presence, and in his will.
But even in all that, I still felt that I hadn't found what the Lord wanted me to know concerning my dilemma about his perfect will. And when my husband asked me was I almost finished with my post, I could only say, "the Lord hasn't told me yet what to write." To which he responded, "I hope he tells you before midnight." I said, well, he has until 6:30 am. To which we both laughed. I almost changed subject headings and then this verse jumped out at me. Not new to me, but definitely, not the bit of info I had expected from the mouth of God concerning my dilemma.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18
What a direct verse! It is personal, ending in the word "you." This was the verse that God wanted me to see.
The will of God is for me to give thanks, even for the dilemma, the thing that steals my joy, the battle that looms ahead, the problem I cannot solve, the day Satan reveals my shortcomings before a crowd, the hours that I falter and stumble - weak in faith.
God wants me to give thanks, when I cannot see his plan, his direction, his salvation from what assails me. What I realized, that when seeking the WILL OF GOD, the simple place to start once you know his WORD of TRUTH, is to give thanks in your situation. That's not so hard is it? A starting place, the point where you begin the race. God was saying to me: Cynthia, its not complicated. Let's start here!
So tonight, at my point of need, I claim his word of truth that he gave me in those first few verses, and I start my quest to work out my faith in that WORD, by being Thankful.
The question is, what can I be thankful for? I certainly am not thankful that I have a dilemma to face. So what then?
1. I am thankful, that I have a savoir to go to with my problem.
2. I am thankful, that I have a reference tool like Bible Gateway, in fact that I have the Bible period.
3. I am thankful, that all of the things I found great men of God discovered about the Will of God, are still true for me. Especially that I am safe in his presense.
4. I am thankful, I don't walk this path alone.
5. I am thankful that God goes before me, and that I can have hope, can plan for a future, am his child, have the Holy Spirit to guide me....
I see where this is going. The more I begin to think about what I am thankful for, the more pours out of me to the point of being joyful, and finding something to praise and glorify God about, even in my situation. This is certainly a great starting point. At the end of this session, I now have peace of mind. God is so good, isn't he?
(Who knows, by the time this is over, I might even be thankful for my dilemma. LOL)
Precious Lord, I THANK you for guidance and the Still small voice of your Spirit. I thank you for the freedom you bring, the Faith you encourage, the treasure of hope, and the security that your will is meant to give me your best. How could I want for more. AMEN