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Discovering God's will 2

'That you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.' Romans 12:2 NKJV

For a redeemed child of God, nothing in life should be more important than discovering and doing his will.

But you have four options: (1) You can remain ignorant of it. Chances are this isn't you, or you wouldn't be reading this daily devotional right now. Clearly you have a desire to know God's will for your life and he will help you find it (see Isaiah 30:21). (2) You can know it and choose to disobey it. Jonah knew God's will, but he ran from it and ended up in the biggest storm of his life. What was his problem? He didn't like the assignment God gave him. Is your problem that you know God's will but you just don't like it? (3) You can know it but settle for less. The truth is you can sing in the choir and serve on church committees, yet deep in your heart know you're settling for less than God's will. (4) You can settle for nothing less than God's will. There are moments when God's will seems too difficult, too prolonged and too unrewarding. Your own ideas seem easier, quicker and more enjoyable. In the end, you find that his plan was better than yours and there will never be an exception to this rule.

So you may as well decide from now on to yield to God's will, do things his way and believe him for his best. Today get down on your knees and say with the psalmist, 'I delight to do your will, O my God...your law is within my heart' (Psalm 40:8 NKJV).

Soulfood: Josh 19:24-51, Josh 20, Josh 21:1-45, John 16:12-18, Ps 2, Pro 28:25-28


Discovering God's will 1

'Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.' Romans 12:2 NKJV

The story is told of a man who lived on a beautiful farm. When he died, the property, which had been in the family for over 200 years, was sold to one of the neighbours. One day, the new owner was walking in a field when he noticed an odd-looking rock sticking out of the dirt. He took it home, washed it and took it to a jewellery store. The jeweller confirmed what the owner already suspected. The old stone, which had been in the field for thousands of years, was a large, uncut emerald, and proved to be worth several million dollars. This gemstone had been in the field all along, waiting for someone to come along and discover it. Over the years, people had walked past it thousands of times and overlooked it, because it looked like nothing more than a common or garden rock.

When we 'discover' something, in actuality we find something that already exists even though we were unaware of it. Here's the point: while many of us are seeking God's will for our lives, often what we're looking for is right under our nose, but we keep searching because we don't recognise it.

To recognise a precious stone, you need to be familiar with its characteristics and know what to look for. Likewise, to recognise God's will you must live by this Scripture: 'Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God' (Romans 12:2 NKJV). That calls for quality time reading your Bible, and talking with and listening to the Author.

Soulfood: Josh 16, Josh 17, Josh 18, Josh 19:1-23, John 16:1-11, Ps 130, Pro 28:21-24


Keep praying and believing God

'Many are saying, "God will never rescue him!"' Psalm 3:2 NLT

Have you been praying for years that God will save your husband, your wife, your children or your friends? Does your heart long to see the people you love serving him? Are you getting discouraged? Has someone told you, 'You're wasting your time, they'll never change'? If so, read what the psalmist wrote: 'Many are they who say of me, "There is no help for him in God." But you, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and he heard me from his holy hill' (Psalm 3:2-4 NKJV).

Pay particular attention to the phrase, 'many are they who say'. Everybody has an opinion, but until God speaks on the matter, the jury is still out! As long as he's still on the throne and his promises are still true, keep praying and believing God for a miracle. 'But they're so far from God right now!' you say. They may be, but read this and rejoice: 'The Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor his ear heavy, that it cannot hear' (Isaiah 59:1 NKJV).

Your loved one is not too far gone for God. They may be messed up on drugs and alcohol, having an affair or even be in prison. Wherever they are today, the long arm of God's grace can reach out and save them. Satan knows that and he wants you to get discouraged and give up. Don't do it! Just as power flows through electric wire, God's power flows through your prayers. So keep praying and believing God!

Soulfood: Jer 31:31-37, Heb 8:1-13

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