Posted by: bshelley | May 9, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for May 9, 2008

Today’s Verse: Ephesians 5:17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. NASB

For most, that is certainly the $64,000 question, isn’t it? “What is the Lord’s will for my life?” God is not hiding the answer to that question. In fact, He has long ago finished its revelation for us. His will for all mankind and more specifically for us is spelled out in great detail in His word. Maybe the struggle is that we want Him to be even more specific. Do we really want Him dictating our every movement or decision? His love for us and His willingness to give us the freedom to choose His way or not every moment makes it difficult for those of us who want more concrete answers. We are called first to redemption in Christ Jesus. Following that, we are to become more like Him every day. The only way we can know what that means in practical terms is to open His word and read. We read and then we apply His truths to our lives. God would not accuse us of being “foolish” for not understanding if the truth of His will was hidden. It is so simple, anyone can pick it up and understand the basics. Yet one can also spend a lifetime of study and application attempting to plumb the depths of His will. Like learning to do anything, it requires first steps, then next steps and so on as we grow more like Him with every faith step and willful decision to follow His way. These are most often not spectacular decisions or great heights of faith at first, yet the journey must begin and end with faithful footsteps. We learn by carefully placing our feet in His foot prints, first the right and then the left. A lifetime of choices lived for Him will yield much good fruit.

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