The Will of God: Commitment to Obedience

The will of God, as used here, is the same as God's plans, expectations, and desires. When we obey God, He will bless us (see Mt. 6:33; Lk. 11:28). When we don't obey His will, God is subject to punish us (see Heb. 12:6).

However, how are we to discover God's will? This article will discuss the importance of being committed to obeying the will of God. You would do well to click here for the article on believing that God has blessed plans for His people and click here for the article on discovery principles.

After grappling with believing that God has blessed plans for our lives and the principles of discovery, we should behave as if we are committed to obeying God's will.

Read Philippians 3:13-14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Luke 19:12-27; I John 1:8-9. Notice, in Philippians, that as blessed as Paul was, he was aware that there was still room for improvement and more of God's will for him to carry out.

As long as we are alive, there is more of God's will for us to carry out. As in the text, carrying out God's will may call for us forgetting past failures and accomplishments and then straining to be where God is calling us to be.

Notice, in Proverbs, that we cannot lean on our own understanding. It is often faulty. But thank God, if we acknowledge the Lord, He will direct our paths.

In other words, even though we have faulty understanding, we can call on God who has perfect understanding and guidance for our lives.

Notice, in Luke, that as in this parable, God has given every believer an assignment to carry out. If we do great, we will be blessed greatly. If we do fair, we will be blessed accordingly.

But if we do nothing, we will be punished. We know that God wants us to do something. If we try but only do a fair job, God will bless us at a fair level.

However, doing nothing, when we know God wants us to do something leads to punishment, not divine sympathy. We must fight off the temptation to make excuses for not doing God's will.

Notice, in I John, that if we sin, we can confess, receive forgiveness, and move on with our lives. God is not concerned with us waddling in guilt.

He wants us to be convicted enough to declare our sin, accept His forgiveness, and move on with trying to do His will for our lives.

In summary, we see that our ways cannot be trusted. God's ways are available to us. If we obey God, God will bless. If we don't obey God, we are subject to divine punishment. Therefore, we should be committed to obeying the will of God.

To discover the will of God, we would do well to believe that God has blessed plans for our lives, comply with the principles of discovery, and be committed to obeying His will, as we understand it. There are so many blessings for us, if we simply seek and obey the will of God.

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