Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Father Still Knows Best
The will of God is always an interesting subject. Any seminar on the will of God will draw a crowd. I had a friend in college who was praying about who he would marry, he told the Lord he wanted to know as soon as possible. He said if God would show him who his life's partner would be, he thought he could figure the rest out on his own. I believe he and his wife have learned a great deal since those days. The following verse tells us a great deal about the will of God. "This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”- Isaiah 48:17. According to this verse the Lord unfolds His will to us as we walk with Him. I believe the Word of God is the will of God. The Lord has revealed much of what He wants us to know through the Word. I don't have a specific verse telling me which car to purchase. However, I have principles in the Scriptures that give me direction. A principles would be "Would this decision cause my brother to stumble?" Can I afford it? Do I really need this much vehicle? What do godly counselors say about this decision? Does my family approve? etc. Much of God's will is set out for us each day. We get up in the morning, go through our routine of getting ready for work, eating, reading the Word, driving (hopefully) like a Christian on the way to work. While at work we are to do our assigned tasks as unto the Lord. We are to submit to authority with a right attitude. We are to make time for the Lord, family, sleep, others, ministry, etc. We know all these things are to be done in a balanced way. As we are walking with the Lord He will direct our steps, open doors of opportunity and give us peace concerning decisions we make. In time you will begin to sense when the Lord is active in a situation. I always ask the Lord for wisdom at the beginning of the day and through out the day as I worship, walk with and work for Him. As we desire God's best, He will give us His best. Many times He will have us wait for His best. I have noticed the Devil often offers his best first. Look at all he offered our Lord in the wilderness temptations. However Jesus knew the cross would precede His crown, and He choose His Fathers best. God makes no mistakes, He is the Master Teacher and He has promised to teach us what is best for us as we commune with Him. Like the name of an old T.V. show, Father still knows best. Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling, conferences, and local church meetings.