Knowing God*s Will 2
Knowing God*s Will is impossible for an unbeliever.
1 Corinthians 2:14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
For a believer, not knowing God*s will for a time should not be scary. If we genuinely know and trust the Lord, we know of his power to do anything, and we know His motivation is love. Walter L. Moore had a wonderful prayer:
Trusting ourselves in Thy hands, loving Father, we face the unknown future without fear. Amen.
We mortals have a natural desire to trust in our own knowledge. We would rather trust our knowledge than trust in God. Any substitute for God is an idol. Therefore, in a sense, our desire to have a knowledge we can trust in is a desire for an idol. A small child sometimes knows that he doesn*t know as much as his parent. But he knows the parent loves him and he knows he can trust that parent. When there is something lacking in what we know, we can fall back on who we know, God.
We could profit from looking at what King Jehoshaphat did in 2 Chronicles chapter 20. In verses 1 and 2 we learn of the threat to King Jehoshaphat and his people. The danger was real:
It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazon-Tamar, which is Engedi.
In verses 3 and 4 we see what King Jehoshaphat did:
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.
In verses 5 through 11 he prayed about the problem to the problem-solver, God. Notice how he puts the problem-solver first and above the problem.
And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? And rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art thou not God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. And now, behold, the children of Moab and Mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
In verse 12 he acknowledged that he and his people were weak and didn*t know what to do. And he acknowledged their total dependence upon God.
O our God, wilt thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
In verse 15 the prophet Jahaziel says something very important.
And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God*s.
We have all seen western movies where the hero and his people are about to be killed by Indians. Then suddenly we heard a trumpet sounding the coming of the Cavalry. That prophet was a little like the trumpet announcing the coming of the Cavalry. Verses 16 through 27 tell about how they went to battle praising the Lord. (Kind of an unusual battle plan.) Then the Lord set ambushments against the enemy and the enemies killed each other. The people of King Jehoshaphat didn*t have to fight the battle. All they had to do was enjoy God*s victory. It ought to give us great comfort to know that the battle we are in for the Lord is His battle.
Ephesians 5:15-17: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
The passage says not knowing the will of God is unwise. To fully know the will of God is to do the will of God. The passage also says that those not doing God*s will are fools. God can*t be angry with us for not doing something we don*t know He wants us to do. What keeps the channel open for us to know His will is our total willingness to give up our own will as Jesus did.
Matthew 26:39: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
We ought also to know that we have an enemy, Satan. Satan is totally opposed to our knowing and doing God*s will.
2 Corinthians 4:4: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.