What if I miss God


This question was posed to me in an email recently. And since that email three weeks ago, I have received six more just like it, asking about how we can know God’s will for our lives.

Of all the things people ask me, questions around knowing God’s will, doing God’s will or being in God’s will top the list. This question is related all kinds of things: choosing a college, selecting a job, marrying a spouse, pursuing a career, moving to a new place. The list goes on.

While questions about God’s will are good, and should be asked, there may be a better way of asking. Often, our questions about God’s will are rooted in two things.

First is our desire for a secure future. We believe if we are in God’s will, then our life ahead promises rather smooth sailing. Second, we hope to please God. We believe if we are in God’s will, He will be pleased with us and we can avoid any unnecessary punishment.

Viewing God and His will like this is little more than fatalism. Just knowing God’s plan for us seems impossible, but we hope we can find it someway, somehow. We convince ourselves God has a determined plan for us, and it is far beyond our ability to control.

WHAT DO WE SAY TO SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES THEY ARE IN GOD’S WILL AND EVERYTHING FALLS APART?

This belief suggests God is a deterministic deity who has planned out every single step we are supposed to take, the order in which we are to take them and the time we are to take them. Many of us have spent countless hours praying about and seeking out these steps. Deep inside, we worry about choosing what is not God’s will; believing if we miss it God will be upset with us.
This way of thinking breaks down quickly. Because there are times when things don’t go according to plan, and moments when horrible circumstances rise against us. What happens then? What do we say to someone who believes they are in God’s will and everything falls apart? In times like these, we are left with few options.

One option is to blame ourselves, believing we are out of God’s will. As hard as we tried, we did not follow His plan for us. As a result, God is lashing out to get us back in line. This makes God into nothing more than a punitive deity.

Another option is to blame God, believing He has willed pain and suffering. We followed what we believed to be God’s will, and now have to come to grips with why He caused pain and suffering. This makes God into nothing more than a twisted deity.
One of my good friends wrestled between these two options for years after his divorce. He and his wife met just after college. They quickly began dating, their relationship got serious and one night he told her of his intent to marry her. He told several of us he believed it was God’s will he marry her. Within two years of meeting they were married. Within four years of getting married they were divorced.

When he told me the news, it was heartbreaking. He told me how hellish the last year of their marriage had been, and he said, “I don’t understand, I really believed it was God’s will.” He struggled, on the one hand, asking, “How I could be so sure this was God’s will when it clearly wasn’t?” This led to shame, self-doubt and guilt. On the other hand, he asked, “If it was God’s will, how could God allow this?” This led to anger and resentment toward God.

And my friend is not alone in feeling this way. How many of us have made a decision believing it to be God’s will, only to have the wheels come off sometime down the road? This struggle suggests God is not very good at showing us His will, but He is really good at punishing us so we know what His will is not.

Thankfully, there is a third option.

God’s will, or what God wants, is the reconciliation of all things on earth or and in heaven. God’s will, what God desires, is that all men and women would be saved, and that none would suffer. God’s deep desire is the redemption, renewal and restoration of all things. He wants this so badly that Jesus shed his blood and gave his life so that He could restore peace and wholeness to our broken world. The biblical writers call this good news.

WE DO NOT HAVE TO GROPE ABOUT BLINDLY IN PRAYER HOPING WE HIT SOME COSMIC BULLS EYE CALLED GOD’S WILL.

The amazing thing is not only does God want this, but he invites us to join with Him in His work in this world. Simply put: God’s will for us is that we join with Him in His redemptive work in this world. Which reframes our question about knowing and doing God’s will.
Knowing, doing and being in God’s will begins with looking at our lives and asking, “Are there places where we see ourselves joining with God in his redemptive work in this world?” We can ask this question in the many important decisions that face us in life—whether that be colleges, jobs, spouses, relocating or careers.

We do not have to grope about blindly in prayer hoping we hit some cosmic bullseye called God’s will. We are freed to ask, “Will this decision allow me to participate more fully in God’s redemptive work in this world?” This lends tremendous freedom when it comes to making choices and doing God’s will.

God has not made His will hard to know. His will is the renewal of all things. What’s really difficult is choosing to participate in God’s will, and spend our lives joining God in His redemptive work in this world of ours that so desperately needs it.

– Micheal Hildago

REASON TO SMILE


“The gospel of grace is not about what you do to make God smile it’s embracing what God has done through His Son Jesus Christ, putting a smile on your face.

It’s glad tidings of great joy to all people, not a condemning, miserable, hopeless pills, we can’t swallow.

It’s a gospel which reveals God’s view and opinion about you, is not built on anger but a new platform of persuasion encoded in His loyal love and graciousness”

But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. (Luke 2:10 AMP)

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HOPE IS CALLING


God wants to fill you with the fullness of Himself, to deliver your soul, mind and emotions from the despair of life and paint a brand new image of the future He plans for you and yours. God promise hope for His people, and this glorious promise belongs to I and you to own it in perilous times;

16Thus says the LORD, “Restrain your voice from weeping And your eyes from tears; For your work will be rewarded,” declares the LORD, “And they will return from the land of the enemy.”There is hope for your future,” declares the LORD, “And your children will return to their own territory (Jeremiah 31:16-17)

Hope is an earnest expectation of good
===> The twist and turns in destiny journeys can take a breath out of your lungs and steals away the beautiful image of your glorious destination which was colorful painted into your heart by the Spirit of God, to be replaced with fear, uncertainty and a distorted image of the future by Satan. The believer has no reason to hit the quit-bell, throw the towel in the air or consider his or her position of uncertainty as fate. In Christ Jesus, we can draw the ever increasing colorful riches of turnaround grace as we place our complete trust in Him and refrain from negativity and the voice of weeping.

Job was robbed of his wealth and family, but in the midst of his predicament he found solace in his God. He hit the dead end of life where only Jehovah could reach and activate purpose and destiny when Satan thought that was the end of the story ===> …6″Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest Until he fulfills his day like a hired man. 7″For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail. 8″Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil … (Job 14:6-7)

I know it my friend! When the future becomes so blurred, it’s like a driver on the wheels of the latest model of Mercedes without fog lights, going through a tunnel clouded with darkness and fog. The driver is in the latest model of Mercedes, but he is limited from clear path to his destination.

Beloved, you are a new creation; a latest model of Christ Jesus on earth…your ability to navigate through the dark tunnels of life depends on the light of Christ. It is in His light that we can see light. When we shift our focus from Him as the expectation of our lives through His great love for us, life loses it flavor and the future becomes pointless.

Here is the good news…God does not condemn you in your mistakes, neither does He leave you in the middle of the road to hassle through life on your own. I am persuaded and convinced that He who has begun a good work in you shall finish His purpose in your life until Christ returns. He is our companion and a friend who strengthens the weak and the weary and gives them strength like that of an eagle to soar up with wings against the odds and the limitation.

Will you let Jesus takes the wheel from your hands, my friend? I know how we sometimes thinks; “life is too much a mess for God to touch it”. If He can’t handle it, then don’t think you can make it work through yourself efforts. Our Savior stooped low in His earthly ministry and ministered to lepers, the dead, the rejected and the unclean sinful men, which was contrary to the law for Him to have been that personal to such ostracized men to give them hope to life a fruitful life. Your mess is not so messy to limit the power of His love to induce hope into your hopeless situation. ===> For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. (John 1:16 NET)

Carrie Underwood song, Jesus Takes the Wheel has become a fresh breath to a hopeless society which is bound into self and it sense of emptiness and apathy seeking Christ to steer her affairs into a purposeful living. Jesus is the answer for the world today…from the poor ghetto man to the crème de la crème living in a castle.

She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati, On a snow white Christmas Eve Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline It’d been a long hard year

She had a lot on her mind, and she didn’t pay attention She was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass She saw both their lives flash before her eyes She didn’t even have time to cry She was so scared

She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own, I’m letting go
So give me one more chance

Save me from this road I’m on Jesus take the wheel
It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder, And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat sleeping like a rock And for the first time in a long time She bowed her head to pray

She said I’m sorry for the way I’ve been living my life
I know I’ve got to change
So from now on tonight
Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own, I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on Oh, Jesus take the wheel

My Prayer For You: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace AS YOU BELIEVE IN HIM so that you may abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NET

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