By The Will Of God

Someone I know is struggling with their church teaching things that are not biblical.  We have been discussing it and I have been praying for them.  One of the things I told them was God will guide you.  The second day after this conversation started, I got home from work and just started asking God “What do You want?”.  I realized that there was a situation in my life where I have not been seeking God’s will.  I had fooled myself into thinking I was searching for His will when I wasn’t.

They shared a sermon with me about persecution which I watched after this time of talking to God.  Then I went for a run and got back to the house.  I looked up one scripture, then another, and another.  I believe the third one I looked up was 2 Timothy 3:12.  So I decided to read the whole book.  I didn’t get very far.

From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to further the promise of life in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dear child. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord!

2 Timothy 1:1-2

I saw the phrase “by the will of God” and stopped reading there.

I remember a sermon where a preacher talked about finding the will of God.  After the sermon, I went up to him and told him it wasn’t hard to find it.  God is quite clear what His will is – we are to make disciples of all nations so that His glory will be made known in all the earth.  This works itself out in different ways in our lives of course and this is what we have trouble finding – specific application of His will in our lives.

Honestly, even that should not be as difficult as we make it.