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You Can Trust God's Will

You Can Trust God's Will

Welcome to Part 5 of this week's blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you're afraid to find out, this week's blog series is for you. For Part 4, "A Progressive Revelation Of God's Will" click here.

Today, let's focus on the internal struggle that many of us have with accepting God's Will for our lives.

Jeremiah 29:11(AMP) - For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Before we get into anything deep I want you to understand one important characteristic of God that will never change. Just like God said to Jeremiah, His plans for you are always for your good. In fact, His plans are so good that they are much better than any plans you can possibly create for yourself. As a result, you can trust God's Will for your life.

Why are God's plans so good? I'm glad you asked. 🙂 If you took the time to read yesterday's post, "A Progressive Revelation Of God's Will" you would know that God reveals the end of your story from the beginning. Therefore, His primary focus throughout your process is always on the end. It doesn't matter how things look on your way to your destination God wants to give you hope in your final outcome. That's what really matters anyway.

In Daniel 1, when Daniel and his three Hebrew friends were faced with the decision to stray from God's Will for their lives for a taste of instant gratification they chose to stick with God. Do you know what happened at the end? They received great promotion. The same happened in Daniel 3 after the three Hebrew friends chose the fiery furnace over bowing to an idol.

Daniel 3:16-18(NLT) - Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

They didn't care about anyone else's Will for their lives but God's. Even though things looked dire for that moment they knew that the final outcome was glorious. They trusted God's Will so much that they put their lives on the line and were convinced that even if God didn't save them it was worth it to trust Him. They didn't care how it looked because they knew that God's plan for their lives was the only good plan that existed. The truth is that the safest place for them at the time was in the perfect Will of God and that happened to be in the middle of a fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:23-27(NLT) - So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, securely tied, fell into the roaring flames. 24 But suddenly, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisers, “Didn’t we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace?” “Yes, Your Majesty, we certainly did,” they replied. 25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came as close as he could to the door of the flaming furnace and shouted: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped out of the fire. 27 Then the high officers, officials, governors, and advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke!

What's the moral of the story? If it's God's Will for you to go through the fire, stop crying, complaining and hesitating, "GO THROUGH THE FIRE!" You have no idea what He's trying to do so don't spoil His plan with your disobedience.

Daniel 3:28-30(NLT) - Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore, I make this decree: If any people, whatever their race or nation or language, speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they will be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. There is no other god who can rescue like this!” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

What a strange way for God to get glory in a heathen nation? What a strange way to get the right to freedom of religion in the middle of Babylon? What a strange pathway to promotion? It got a "little" hot but it worked. As we've been saying all week, God's ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts. Since only He holds promotion in His hands only He knows the way to get it.

It's human nature to be short-sighted. Life is short anyway so who cares about delayed gratification? Right? Why not do what feels good right now and live it up with absolutely no regard for where you will end up? But what happens tomorrow if we make bad decisions today? Shouldn't we think about that?

Well, that's not how God's Kingdom works. God wants to make sure that your story has a happy ending so each step in His plan is designed to keep you heading in the right direction regardless of how outrageous it may seem at the time. Unlike God, you do not know the future so you have to trust Him.

You Can Trust God's Will

James 1:17-19(NLT) - Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

James 1:17 makes this really simple. If something is good and perfect in your life it comes from God. That's it! Nothing good and absolutely nothing perfect comes from anywhere else. Therefore, God's plan for your life is actually the only good plan that exists. Other plans may look good but that doesn't make them good for you. Remember, a plan is only good if you end up somewhere good at the end of it.

You can trust God's Will. In fact, you have to!

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