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Knowing God’s Will is not Always Easy

January 11th, 2010 Posted in encouragement, essentials, family, Pastor's corner, sermons

Let me say something that may surprise you: The will of God is not always easy to discern.

Most of my Christian life is one of faith, where I read Scripture and pray for wisdom. Then I make decisions and act on them, hoping that I am in His will.

I hope that is not a disappointment to you.

Mission: Impossible

You may have thought that I get a message from God every day, just like on Mission: Impossible (cue theme song).

“Good morning, Mr. Laurie. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves leading a person named Joe Smith to Christ. He will be pumping gas at the station across from the church at 1:35 p.m. today. This message will self-destruct in five seconds.”

Supernaturally, naturally

In real life, the chances are that I will see my “idiot light” come on, and then pull over to get some gas. Old Joe will be standing there and say, “How ya doing?” And I will find myself smack dab in the middle of the will of God as I share Christ with him.

This is also true of the Christian life, in general.

Emotions will come and go. Some days, you “feel” more spiritual than others. Some days, you are very encouraged, and other days you are discouraged.

Hold the course

The best thing to do is just hold your course.

It’s not unlike marriage. You cannot expect have a euphoric high every day, where you heart flutters whenever your mate walks into the room.

I have been married to my wife Cathe for 35 years now. If I still felt the way around her that I did when I was first getting to know her, it would be absurd.

Imagine this: your spouse walks in the room and your heart flutters, your mouth goes dry, and your mind goes blank. My wife would think I was having a heart attack!

No, we have been married all these years and we have made a life-long commitment to each other. The same is true of our commitment to God. Those emotions come and go, and come again.

The Christian life is one of faith, not mere feeling. Scripture says “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).

So hold your course today.

6 Responses to “Knowing God’s Will is not Always Easy”

  1. Ben says:

    Just read this today. Very encouraging … spoke to where I’m at at this point in life … This was God’s will for me to read today!

  2. miki says:

    I agree with Terri……your honesty is truley refreshing. It helps to keep things in perspective to know that even leadership still fall into the “sheep” catagory. I truely appreciate your faithfullness to Christ and your encouragment to keep my faith going………

  3. Rocky says:

    Thank you…Some pastors make it sound easy…like knowing what day it is…I’ve wondered why I wasn’t getting it…Thanks Again Greg for your ministry..

  4. Teri says:

    I read your blog just about everyday and have been thankful for your ministry for more than 25 years. Today I would just like to thank God for your faithfulnes and for blogs like today’s. Your honesty is such a blessing.
    Teri

  5. crystal says:

    Thanking you Pastor Greg for your inspiration and openness in regards to “Knowing Gods Will”. Indeed, we must live by faith, and stay the course! Walking on His path for 35 years, I faced valleys of tears and sorrow, times which was His divine will, (the sudden loss of a Loved one) and the” results” of “my will” by not staying the course and relying on Him in faith. Out of these sorrows, it caused me to draw so much closer to Him, and His Word, along with daily heartfelt prayer. May the Author and finisher of our faith, be gracious to us this coming year! Out of His Mercy, answer our prayers, turn our sorrows to great joy, as we stay the course and walk by faith, to Honor and Glorify Him!

  6. Kelli says:

    Yes. I needed this today! Thank you

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