WILL OF GOD
A bishop of a century ago pronounced from his pulpit and in the periodical he edited that heavier-than-air flight was both
impossible and contrary to the will of God. Oh, the irony that Bishop Wright had two sons, Orville and Wilbur! Wright was
wrong. Sure of himself, but wrong.
Robert P. Dugan, Jr., Winning the New Civil War, Page 38.
Jessica Hawn, former church secretary who committed immoral acts with Jim Bakker (former host of the PTL Club), and later brought
down the PTL empire, said today (9-28-87) that God gave her "real peace" about granting an interview to Playboy magazine and posing
for topless pictures. On 9-29-87 the news reports that she still considers herself a Christian, but goes to God "one-on-one," not
through any church or organization. Also: she doesn't consider herself a "bimbo." But her mother does.
Once while Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he was asked, "What would you do if you suddenly learned that you were
to die at sunset today?" He replied, "I would finish hoeing my garden."
Do not hastily ascribe things to God. Do not easily suppose dreams, voices, impressions, visions or revelations to be from
God. They may be from Him. They may be from nature. They may be from the Devil.
J.K. Johnston, John Wesley Why Christians
Sin, Discovery House, 1992, p. 102.
One day Dwight Morrow and his wife, the parents of Anne Lindbergh, were in Rugby, England.
After wandering through the streets they realized that they had lost their way.
At this moment an incident occurred that entered into Morrow's philosophy and became a guiding principle in his life. He stopped a little
Rugby lad of about 12 years. "Could you tell us the way to the station?" he asked. "Well," the boy answered, "You turn to the
right there by the grocer's shop and then take the second street to the left. That will bring you to a place where four streets
meet. And then, sir, you had better inquire again."
"This answer came to symbolize for Dwight Morrow his own method of
approaching complicated problems," writes Harold Nicolson in his excellent biography. "It implied in the first place a realistic
skepticism regarding the capacity of human intelligence. It was in the second place an object lesson in the inevitability of
gradualness. And in the third place, it was a parable of how, when the ultimate end is uncertain, one should endeavor to
advance, if only a little way, in the correct, rather than the incorrect direction."
Bits and Pieces, December 1991, p. 14.
Writing about God's sure guidance, British pastor Frank W. Boreham recounted a time when a minister visited his home in New
Zealand. Being young and inexperienced, Boreham sought the counsel of his guest. He said that one morning they were sitting
on the veranda, looking out over the golden plains to the purple sunlit mountains. He asked the minister, "Can a man be sure that
in the hour of perplexity he will be rightly led by God? Can he feel secure against making a false step?" "I am certain of it,"
exclaimed the minister, "if he will but give God time! As long as you live, remember that. Give God time!"
Tim LaHaye, How to Study the Bible for
Yourself, Harvest House, pp. 95-96.
When God bolts the door, don't try to get in through the window. The will of God never will lead you where the grace of God cannot
As the golfer approached the first tee, a hazardous hole with a green surrounded by water, he debated if he should use his new
golf ball. Deciding that the hole was too treacherous, he pulled out an old ball and placed it on the tee. Just then he heard a
voice from above say loudly: "Use the new ball!" Frightened, he
replaced the old ball with the new one and approached the tee.
Now the voice from above shouted: "Take a practice swing!"
With this, the golfer stepped backward and took a swing. Feeling more confident, he approached the tee when the voice again rang out:
"Use the old ball!"
The will of God, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.
A lady once asked John Wesley if he knew that he would die at midnight the next day, how would he spend the intervening time.
He replied, "Why, madam, just as I intend to spend it now. I would preach this evening at Gloucester, and again at five
tomorrow morning; after that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the societies in the evening. I would
then go to Martin's house...talk and pray with the family as usual, retire myself to my room at 10 o'clock, commend myself to
my Heavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in glory."
Today in the Word, March 1989, p. 40.
Once while Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he was asked, "What would you do if you were suddenly told you would die at
sunset today?" He replied, "I would finish hoeing my garden."
Moody Monthly, April, 1990, p. 76.
Walter Knight told of an old Scottish woman who went from home to home across the countryside selling thread, buttons, and
shoestrings. When she came to an unmarked crossroad, she would toss a stick into the air and go in the direction the stick
pointed when it landed.
One day, however, she was seen tossing the stick up several times. "Why do you toss the stick more than
once?" someone asked. "Because," replied the woman, "it keeps
pointing to the left, and I want to take the road on the right." She then dutifully kept throwing the stick into the air until it
pointed the way she wanted to go!
Today in the Word, May, 1989.
Commentary and Devotional
If we want God to guide us, our attitude needs to be right. Here are some guidelines as
to how we can play our part in arriving at right decisions.
First, we must be willing to think. It is false piety, super-supernaturalism of an
unhealthy pernicious sort that demands inward impressions with no rational base, and
declines to heed the constant biblical summons to consider. God made us thinking beings,
and he guides our minds as we think things out in his presence.
Second, we must be willing to think ahead and weigh the long-term consequences of
alternative courses of action. Often we can only see what is wise and right, and what is
foolish and wrong, as we dwell on the long-term issues.
Third, we must be willing to take advice. It is a sign of conceit and immaturity to
dispense with taking advice in major decisions. There are always people who know the
Bible, human nature, and our own gifts and limitations better than we do, and even if we
cannot finally accept their advice, nothing but good will come to us from carefully
weighing what they say.
Fourth, we must be willing to be ruthlessly honest with ourselves. We must suspect
ourselves: ask ourselves why we feel a particular course of action will be right and make
ourselves give reasons.
Fifth, we must be willing to wait. "Wait on the Lord" is a constant refrain
in the Psalms and it is a necessary word, for the Lord often keeps us waiting. When in
doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God.
James Packer, Your Father Loves You,
Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986, Page 13.
The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man's salvation, faith and life is either expressly set
down in Scripture or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture, unto which nothing at anytime is to be
added whether by new revelations of the Spirit or traditions of man.
From the Westminster Confession of Faith.
God's will for us is:
I. Sanctification is God's will for us
A. Avoiding sexual immorality and impurity
is God's will for us - I Thessalonians 4:1-8
B. Wise living is God's will for us -
C. Non-conformation, transformation, and
renewal are God's will for us - Romans 12:1-2
D. Continual rejoicing, ceaseless prayer,
and constant thanksgiving are God's will for us - I Thessalonians 5:16-18
II. Security is God's will for us - John
III. Service is God's will for us - Ephesians
6:5-9; I Peter 5:2
IV. Suffering is God's will for us - I Peter
3:17; I Peter 4:19