I wanted to share one from the archives today. It was from the middle of my series on the Lord's prayer. It goes all the way back to August 9, 2012 when i was a brand new blogger, but the message is still strong in my heart.
As the 3rd installment in my look at “Thy will be done” (Matt 6:10) I wanted to run one more idea past you. Many time I hear Christians talk as though the fact that you are in a circumstance means that what is going on is God’s will for your life.
This is actually a form of fatalism that can completely disable your ability to get out of your current situation. How so you ask?
Think about this for a minute. If you think you are in your current place because God has fore-ordained it, you are much less likely to fight for a way out.
We have to stop getting our theology from Doris Day! [Tweet This]
[Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) – more accurately Ray Evans who wrote the lyrics to this song Doris Day was famous for singing in the late 50’s.]
Christianity is not a system of fatalism, where God orchestrates every detail. Everything that ever happens does not happen for a reason, and is not necessarily intended for your long-term benefit. That is not what Romans 8:28 says, nor does 1 Thessalonians say be thankful for everything. Let’s look at what these verses actually say:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV)
The promise above has to do with God’s ability to take everything that life throws at you and mold those crazy ingredients into an amazing package. (like an amazing cosmic episode of “Chopped”)
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)
Here again, the exhortation is not to be thankful for everything, but in everything.
I heard a preacher say once (I don’t know the name of the preacher, but what he said helped me a lot understanding God’s foreknowledge) that God knows the outcome of every possible choice you could ever make. This is why nothing ever takes Him by surprise, and yet you still have choice, and still have the ability to get outside of God’s will.
It is clear in scripture that not everything that happens is the will of God. Adam and Eve sinned – not God’s will – in fact it was exactly the opposite of God’s will. God had a plan in place, and solved the sin problem brilliantly. In fact, the outcome of the New Covenant is a better life for us than what Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden. [Tweet This]
Let that sink in for a minute. Do you realize that God’s intention for a born again, blood bought child of God is actually better than that of Adam and Eve. God is no longer meeting us in the cool of the day, He is living inside! This new covenant ROCKS!!!!!
I am starting to ramble – Back to the point.
Don’t live and pray like the crappy circumstances you are in are God’s plan for your life. Here are 3 steps to a better life for you.
- Get up close to God through His word, Prayer and Worship.
- Let Him set fresh desires in your heart.
- Start doing everything in your power to coöperate with what God shows you.
That’s it. Don’t just live with the circumstance you are in. Cooperate with God and connect with His will for your life. You may not find your circumstances change, but it sure will be better with God engaged.
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