[Papercut Press Publishing] Devotional - 97-10-21 - The Will of God

Matt. 6:10, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

First we must ask what is meant in the petition that God’s will be done in heaven and in earth. We think of God’s will as either His secret will (Romans 9:19, Acts 4:28) or His revealed will (1 Thessalonians 4:3). God’s secret will is not in mind in this verse because it is not known. His secret will is governed by His providence and His ultimate power, power to do as He pleases. Therefore what must be in mind in this petition is God’s revealed will. He has revealed Himself to us in two ways, in His Word and in His Works. This is the will we strive to be in accordance with. Let us also consider that it is “Thy” will that is asked to be done. Our will is the proudest enemy Christ has. Therefore when we pray that God’s will be done, we, in effect, renounce our own will. The principle of self-denial is the denying of our own will. When we pray that God’s will be done, we are asking that: 1. We possess a heart to do it, Deuteuteronomy 5:29 2. We possess the skill to do it, Psalm 143:10 3. We possess the strength to do it, Hebrews 13:21 The great question many ask is, “How can I know the will of God”? We will not attain perfection in knowing it in this life. But we must aim after, long for, and pray for God’s will to be done. “We shall be like him,” 1 John 3:2, is what we strive after. And I think that is how we learn to do God’s will and to live our lives at the center of His will. Study His Word and Works and strive to be like Christ, who followed God’s will perfectly.

“What God is now about to do, we know not....May God fit us for his will.” Jonathan Edwards

“The revealed will of God is either manifested to us in His Word, or in His Works. The former is His commanding will, the later is His effecting or permitting will.” John Flavel

“To walk out of God’s will is walk into nowhere.” C. S. Lewis

“A man’s heart is right when he wills what God wills.” Thomas Aquinas

“We must do away once and for all with the great myth that suffering is never part of God’s will.” Frank Retief

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim