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Sunday, November 23, 2008

God's Will

Jesus replied, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" Then he looked at those around him and said, "These are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother." (Mark 3:33-35 NLT)

And do not follow the customs of the present age, but be transformed by the entire renewal of your minds, so that you may learn by experience what God's will is—that will which is good and beautiful and perfect. (Romans 12:2 WNT)

Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness [truth].
Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
(Psalms 37:3-5 NKJV, amplified)

The Bible draws a distinction between God's children and the world's children, between brother or sister and neighbor. Jesus identifies His family members as those who do God's will.

What God will do is a mystery, but God's will need not be a mystery. If we truly wish to know God's will, He reveals it to those who seek it. Shaking off our own will is the hardest step. Prayer is not the way to obtain our will, but the act of giving God our will in exchange for His.

The Lord plainly explains how to obtain the heart's desires. Trust that God's will is good and beautiful and perfect. Do the good He directs. Dwell in His kingdom rather than follow the ways of this world. Feed on the truth of the Bible. Then make Him your delight, so that His deepest desire for you becomes your own. It is the key to the King's heart and treasure.

Oh Lord, how great is Your goodness, laid up for those who trust in You! Whom have we in heaven but You? To whom shall we go for words of eternal life but You? Earth's greatest delight is to do Your will. Please lead us purposefully to Yourself, and be the deepest desire of our hearts.

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