The Will of God by Tom Skinner
From Chapter One
God Has A Will For Your Life
I believe that when the Creator put together this universe and created you and I, He had a definite purpose in mind. God does not preside over the world in a passive way. Our responsibility on this planet is to find out what the Creator had in mind and become part of His eternal purpose.
From time to time, I have heard well intentioned religious people talk about the will of God. “It is the will of God for me to live here, to marry this person, or to have this job.” Can it be said because I have a vocation to which I seem best suited, live in a comfortable environment, and have married the person I love, that I have discovered the will of God?
It is obvious that God made us for Himself, and if a person is going to be a complete, fulfilled person, they must understand something of what the Creator had in mind when He made us. It is precisely at this point that most people stray. We wander through our lives day in and day out with no end or purpose in mind. We rise to the same routine each day without ever asking, why?
I believe that 99.9 per cent of the will of God is written in the word of God. If you want to understand what God is saying, you must search the Scriptures. There are two verses of Scripture that I would like to lift up, which I believe sum up what the will of God is for our lives. It is important that there be no mistake about what God expects from each and every one of us.
The Scriptures are found in the 8th Chapter of Romans and the 28th and 29th verses. “We know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Those whom he knew in advance he determined that they should be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the first born among many brothers.”
These are very familiar verses of Scripture, quoted often by religious people, yet so often misunderstood. When I first read that verse. “All things work together for good,” being the egotistical person I am, I asked “Who else’s good could He possibly mean but mine?” The general interpretation of that verse is “All things work together for my good, because I do love the Lord.”
The impression that a great many people have is that God is some kind of supernatural Santa Claus who exists to bail us out of every adverse situation we get into. We believe that God is supposed to make the way smooth and easy, give us what we want and answer all our prayers the way we prescribe the answer.
A good many people say, “Tom, I pray and ask God for this and for that, and He does not seem to answer my prayers.” God could have answered their prayers; perhaps His answer was, “No” or “Wait.” Many of us assume that God is supposed to give us whatever we pray for. We fail to recognize that we must pray within the confines of what God wants. When Jesus Christ was facing death on the cross, He prayed, “Father, if it is possible for this difficulty to pass from me let it be; nevertheless, not my will but your will be done.” We pray in the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory” (Luke 11:1).To paraphrase the prayer; “Lord, this is what I would like and if it is also what you would like, then I ask for it; if it is not, you do what is good for You.
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