– Francis Chan
Devotional: How to Let God’s Agenda Overrules Ours
How do we make sure that God interrupts what we are doing so we can do what He is doing?
Doing God’s Revealed Will
We know that we need to do God’s will over our own but sometimes our own agenda or will takes precedence over God’s will. How can we make God’s will override what we are doing? It has been said where man rules, God overrules and this is true because God is sovereign over all the universe but how do we ensure what we are doing is what God is wanting us to do? We can actually know God’s revealed will as we read in Romans: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom 12:2). We must test what things we do by what is revealed in His Word because “the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Duet 29:29b). We know for sure that “this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality” (1 Thess 4:3) and that we should be doing “all the words of this law” or what is written in the Bible.
The Spirit of God
There are “things God has revealed to us by his Spirit” (1 Cor 2:10a) because “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (2 Cor 2:10b-11) and “what we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us” (1 Cor 2:12). Ask God to reveal His will by His Spirit “whom the Father [has sent] in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26) so that we can do those things.
Safety in the Multitude of Counselors
If a person is trying to discover what God’s hidden will is for their lives, they will probably be frustrated because “The secret things belong to the Lord our God” (Duet 29:29a) so we shouldn’t seek God’s hidden will for our future because the future belongs only to God and because if it’s not revealed in Scripture, God is basically saying “It’s none of your business” so how do we know what God’s will is for us to do today based upon Scriptures where the Scriptures are silent? Seek out godly counselors “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers” (Prov 11:14) for “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed” (Prov 15:22). A godly counselor might be an experienced Christian you know, a pastor, an elder or a deacon and maybe even grandma but God will never reveal to us His hidden will until we first obey His revealed will (e.g. Rom 12:1-2). Jesus said “I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me” (John 6:38) and Jesus was in close fellowship with the Father in much prayer and obeyed God’s revealed and so He was able to know the Father’s will.
Ask yourself…is what I am doing in alignment with the will of God? If you know it is by knowing the Word of God, if you have asked God’s Spirit to reveal it to you, if you are obeying God’s revealed Word, and you are seeking godly counsel, then God may interrupt what you are doing only to be joined into what He is doing and isn’t that the goal?