(Romans 1:18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness; (1:19) because that which is known of God is manifest in them; for God manifested it unto them. (1:20) For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, [even] his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse: (1:21) because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. (1:22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
The Greeks were well known for their penchant for pondering great thoughts. Philosophy as a category of human conceptualization is attributed to having begun with the Greeks. The Pharisees loved nothing better than to sit around and debate the intricate complexities of the Law. But mankind, in general, has always been bent toward considering, compartmentalizing, theorizing, and attempting to define oblique abstractions. Personally I have come to see this as just a way to make the mysteries of the universe less mysterious and therefore console those who place human intelligence in high regard that they are indeed intelligent. Intelligence hates admitting that it simply cannot know a thing.
I am a thinker as well. I am hard-wired to do and love studying and researching, especially history. Mostly I am interested in balanced perspective though, more than absolute answers. For example, I am willing to concede that God is not understandable by the human brain so I give Him more latitude than one who insists that if God cannot be defined by human measurement then it is not possible for Him to exist. Really?
I have been asked a question: what is God’s will? Simple as it sounds, it is not unlike asking for absolute definitions of concepts like, love, good, fair. Ask ten people, you’ll get ten answers. The problem is not that we desire to know these things, it is how we approach the question, not with open minds, and more importantly spirit, but with hidden and fixed perceptions that become walls to a box we can then use to confine the answer that we already sort of formulated when we asked the question.
When I started this blog, I purposefully chose not to post my profile, testimony, experience, human and spiritual credentials, because I believe that I am just a vessel like anyone else, desiring only to be usable as often as possible. Testimonies have their place but, most particularly online, they are just nice words unless you can see the fruit. I trust what someone does more than what they say. I also carefully avoid using the buzz words, such as “God told me” because that puts focus on me. All I claim is that I am surrendered, which means, I just do and then expect God to use or NOT (and that’s a big or not) because I refuse to fall into the quagmire of spiritual arrogance determined that I know all because God speaks to me. He speaks to many, some hear, some don’t. Some hear some of the time but not always. Many hear and then go off on their own tangents, puffing themselves up and claiming to be all that and a bag of chips. I try to be cognizant of that trap and avoid it as much as possible. We are, in the end, humans and all are subject to being sifted now and again, even the most surrendered, faithful among us.
To answer the question, “what is God’s will?” I offer the only answer that satisfies me. It won’t work for others, I understand. But I post it, revealing what I have held in my heart for a long time, praying that, if it comforts someone else, if it gives peace and a place where the noise is turned off, to be able to rest in Him, He will use it to His good purpose.
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(John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.
FOR GOD, Holy, Sovereign, Mysterious, Unfathomable Creator of all things, the earth, the heavens, and the Rules, even if we don’t agree with or like them. What child likes his/her parent’s rules?
SO LOVED THE WORLD, all mankind, as any father loves his creations (children).
THAT HE GAVE, He devised the only way the sins of man (as defined by His Rules) could be erased, opening the way for a fallen, reprobated mankind to be reconciled to Himself and then He offered The Way as a gift without price.
HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, the Lamb of God, the Word, the Messiah, the Alpha and Omega, the Savior, The Redeemer, The Light of the world, the Bread of Life. The only One worthy, blameless, sinless, to be the final sacrifice for man’s sins.
THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM, whosoever, anyone, (Romans 1:16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (1:17) For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith. True faith asks few questions.
SHOULD NOT PERISH, should (auxiliary verb qualified by whosoever makes the free will choice to believe) not come to an end, die (away), disappear, vanish, fade, dissolve, evaporate, melt away, wither.
BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, (Romans 10:6) But the righteousness which is of faith saith thus, Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down:) (10:7) or, Who shall descend into the abyss? (That is, to bring Christ up from the dead.) (10:8) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: (10:9) because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus [as] Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
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Again, the ongoing problem is not that we ask questions but rather that we ask the wrong questions. If we do not ask correctly, how can we expect to be answered correctly? Instead of asking what is God’s will, which is loaded with presumption, perhaps we should ask, “What is Your will for me, Father? How can I be Your will today, right now, without questioning why?”
(Romans 9:20) Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why didst thou make me thus? (9:21) Or hath not the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?