Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification.’ (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Christians go through many tense moments when they are deeply anxious to find out God’s will and they will often go to someone hoping to find that little key that unlocks their future.
It is a daring thing to tell someone, “this is God’s will for your life.” But that is precisely what Micah and Paul do in these verses. They confidently declare to us all what God’s will is.
God’s will for us is not primarily about where we live, but how we live.
We might be engaged in a great project for the kingdom of God and yet be living in a manner that grieves God and shows to all the world that we are out of His will.
It is as we pay attention to the way we live that we are in the right frame of mind to know the other bits and pieces of His will. Even if we make mistakes in our career choices, or even in more serious matters, yet we can still do His will by reacting to those around us in a loving, godly manner.
Notice the different dimensions in the three verses: acting righteously, showing mercy to others, humility, holiness and a thankful heart. All of these are attitudes that will enable us to do the most important of all, to walk with God. That is the foundation of His will that each day we take as part of a journey with God. The destination is incidental; the walk with God is His delight and His will.
We may feel we are doing a good job in our preaching, our serving, our family, but the centre of His will is to develop these precious qualities that are the very heart of His own being.
We would like to thank Pastor Les Wheeldon for today’s devotion.
Do any of these situations resonate with you today? If they do, ask God for His love to comfort you and for His help.
- I have to submit in difficult circumstances.
- I feel like I’m being mistreated.
- I’ve had enough and I want to escape.
God, You are the God-Who-Sees. You see me. You see my beginning and my end. You see my past, my present, and my future. You see all my highs and all my lows. You see me when I struggle and when I am at peace. You see it all. I thank You for choosing to look upon me.
Lord, I know that in every situation I go through, be it bad or good, You are with me. You have met with me and You are close to me. I ask that Your love would feel so real and tangible to me today. Please instruct and guide me about what to do today.
In Your mighty name, amen.
Do you know of anyone who is going through mistreatment at the moment? Pray for them. Pray that the God-Who-Sees would meet with them, comfort them, and help them.