By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. – John 5:30
Not my will but Thine…
Christ is once again asserting Himself as the Son of God. If He saw the importance of seeking His Father’s perfect will, what makes us think we don’t have to find out what God wants us to do? For people of God the judgment must be just, because it is not one of an isolated will, but one in accord with the eternal will of God.
I’ve heard people ask, “How do you know what God’s will is?” I know, right? Wouldn’t it be nice if God would write a message in the clouds – make it very clear to us what His will is? That would be great – if we could just pray and ask what He wants us to do and then get a little personal message in the sky with the clear, precise answer.
Well – sorry, it doesn’t work that way.
There are so many variables involved. We have free will – and some people think that’s a bad thing, but here’s the deal. God wants to have a relationship with us, but He will never force us to love Him or pray to Him. He loves us so much that He gives us the ability to choose to accept or reject Him.
When our hearts are so full of ourselves… our pride, our ambition and love as the world knows it, there is no room for God’s Word, God’s voice or God’s will. He cannot abide in us until we make Him more important than ourselves. Only then can we seek God’s will for our lives. He wants the best for us, but we need to get out of His way so He can work in us.
If we choose to make our judgments according to God’s Word and His will, doesn’t it make sense that we acquaint ourselves with what that may be? If we spend some time every day reading the Bible and praying, then we will have more than a nodding acquaintance with right, wrong – good, bad. We are given boundaries to protect us – believe it or not, those THOU SHALT NOT’s are not there to keep us from having fun. God wants the best for His children. He really does. 🙂