I had a conversation with a friend of mine whose first serious dating relationship recently ended. Let’s call him Andrew. He’s still pretty torn up about it, and he feels really strongly that he’s supposed to be with her in the future. (I know we can all relate to this feeling!) He is an incredible Christian man, and I know he is seeking God wholeheartedly. He asked me if I’ve ever felt that way about someone, and if I thought they might get back together.
Because I’ve asked myself the same questions at points in my life, here is what I told him.
“I don’t know if you will ever get back together. Maybe you’ll get married one day, or maybe you will never speak to her again. But today, you aren’t together. And today is God’s will for you.”
It’s a simple concept, but why is it so hard to grasp? God’s will is today. It’s right now. It’s your situation at the present. It’s life as it happens RIGHT NOW. This is something I learn and learn and learn, again and again.
It’s frustratingly simple. It’s aggravatingly uncomplicated. I want a list, I want an 8-step plan to figure it out, I NEED DETAILS!
Aren’t we often wondering about “God’s will” for our lives and “God’s best for our lives”, and how exactly we go about finding that will? I read a beautiful commentary about Romans 12:1-2 (below). In a nutshell, it says: If we are seeking God with our whole heart … then we are living in God’s will.
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”
Jesus died on the Cross to save my soul in order that I might be His forever. Therefore, if He loved me THAT much, I can be confident that He’ll put me in the place financially, relationally, geographically that will make me into the person He sees I can be.
That kind of drives me crazy, since I have issues accepting that it’s that simple. Yet, it gives me so much peace.
God’s will for my life?
Today. And every day.
What do you think? Is God’s will really that simple? What about the qualifier, seeking God with our whole heart? Would love to hear your thoughts.