I Know God's Will for Your Life
The road ahead is long and winding. It has dips that I’m guessing go down into valleys, but from this vantage point I can’t see for sure what path it takes. Some of it even appears to circle back to where I stand now. I can’t see where the road ends. I can’t even see the stops along the way because there are some hills and a mountain off in the distance. If I turn around I see a road behind me. It too winds and dips, I can’t see it’s origin. This road represents my life. Yours too. We often spend a great deal of time taking up our binoculars and trying to see what’s beyond that mountain and asking questions. Where does the road dip? Why is winding back this way? How long will it take to get to that hill I see way off in the distance? We’re so consumed with what the road will be like in a week or a month or a year or longer that we are absent from the moment. From today. From the road we’re standing on this very moment.
Let me ask you a question that was asked of me recently.
Instead of asking God what His will is for your life, why not ask Him what His will is for you today?
I can answer that question in part. God’s will for you today is this. To love Him. That’s right. Love God. That’s God’s will for you today. Tomorrow. The next day. In a month. In a year. That’s why you’re here. That’s why I’m here. If we can get this, if we would form the habit for it to be our first thought every day, I believe we won’t be distracted by our tomorrows. It’s a lifestyle.
Consider these verses in Deuteronomy.
Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:7-9
Let’s take a closer look at this lifestyle that will have you in the center of God's will in no time.
Loving God should be in our hearts.
Fill your heart up with loving God by spending time with Him praying and in His Word. If we want Him to be in our hearts we must choose to put Him there. We must choose who & what we fill our hearts with.
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Teach your children how to love God.
Children learn by repetition. By example. That’s why it’s a lifestyle not just a 3 week crash course. Children mimic what they know. They repeat what they hear.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13
Talk about loving God all day.
24/7 Yep twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. Talk about loving God ALL the time, my friend. When you get up in the morning. While you’re sitting in your homes. While you’re being a couch potato. When you’re at the grocery store. When you’re at work. When you’re driving down the road. Especially then – you know how all those other drivers can be 😉 While you’re sleeping. With your family. Your children. Your grandbabies.
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him. Colossians 2:6
Fasten the fact that you love God as signs on your hands and put a symbol on your foreheads.
(makes me think a tattoo isn’t so bad after all, eh?)
I mean, seriously I’ve read this before, but this time the first thing that popped into my head was a tattoo. Now, I’m not looking for a theological debate here, just sharing what popped into my head. But seriously, what could this look like for you? I know the cross necklace gets a lot of negative remarks too, but why not wear it? Why not look for an opportunity for that to strike up a conversation about loving God?
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:14-15
Write I love God on your doorframe.
There are so many ways to make your home one that says, “we love God here.” Literally on your doorframes as people enter. Framing God’s word and hanging it for all to see is about as literal as you can get with this. Here’s a verse that was painted onto the wall of our last home and I plan to do a new project with this verse in our new home.
But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
I encourage you to take a closer look at the lifestyle described in the verse in Deuteronomy and the other verses I shared and seek God as to how He would have you apply them and how He would have you focus on the part of the road you find yourself on today. I’d love to hear how you put them into practice in your lifestyle. What does it look like for you?
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