The will of God (or more generally, what God “wants”) is a discussion that I think often is led by people who either are 1) ignorant of the very thing they’re discussing or 2) using sources other than the authority of the Bible. I will not pre tent o know what God wants in every matter, but I will assert a few principles that are clearly gleaned from the Bible. Here they are a few points for consideration.
- God’s will must be revealed. Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me your way, O Lord.” This is the psalmists request, because he is cognizant of the fact that sinners like us cannot possibly know the desire of a holy God outside of His revelation.
- God’s will is for all to honor Jesus. John 5:22-23 explains that it’s God’s will for everyone to honor Jesus just as they honor Him, for if they dishonor Jesus then they dishonor Him. There is no escaping this exclusive truth.
- God’s will is for us to live holy lives. 1 Thessalonians says, “This is the will of God, your sanctification.” That means that God wants us to always seek not the “higher” road but the “holy” road in everything.
- God’s will is for us is to pray in Jesus’ name. John 16:23 clearly says that God grants answers to His people in prayer, “whatever you ask of the Father in my name,” because He wants the name of His Son to be the front and center of our lives.
- God’s will was for Jesus’ sacrificial death on behalf of sinners like you and me. Isaiah 53 prophecies not only the substitutionary death of Jesus but also some details surrounding it. For example, it talks about his grief (v. 4), His silence before Pilate (v. 7), and His innocence (9). But it also reminds us that the terrible end He faced was ultimately planned and willed by God (v. 10).
I hope this stirs up a conversation regarding God’s will.