Christians often make serious mistakes about God’s will. Some of these mistakes are expressed in the following thoughts:
Mistake #1: “Well, this is something I really want to do, so it can’t possibly be God’s will.“ This is far from the truth. Psalm 37:4 states, “Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” This does not mean you are going to get a new BMW just because you prayed for it. This verse means that your will and God’s will begin to coincide, if you are praying with the right motives.
Mistake #2: “I don’t know exactly what God is trying to tell me, so I just won’t do anything.” It is foolish to be paralyzed by this kind of thinking. God does not give a positive “yes” all the time. Sometimes He offers alternatives which challenge our spiritual perception. This is a test of faith. If you earnestly seek God’s leading, choose the one alternative which seems right, and step out in that direction by faith; God is not going to say, “Sorry, wrong choice. Return to Go.” God loves us too much to play games with our lives. If we earnestly desire His will and step out by faith, He will not allow us to make a wrong choice. Consider Matthew 7:7-11, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?“
Mistake #3: “From everything I’ve heard, God’s will must be something weird.” If God should call you to serve on some remote foreign mission field, you may think of it as weird. But it certainly is not to God. His will is perfect. He knows what He is doing and we must believe that He does, whether our minds can comprehend it or not.
Tomorrow we will look at three more mistakes we make in our thinking concerning God’s will.