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To discover and do the will of God

October 20, 2016
Discovering God's Will

“To discover the will of God is the greatest discovery,” says Albert Schweitzer.

Recently I introduced a new feature to Dr. J’ Apothecary Shoppe, a variation on the Verse of the Day,” called the Quote of the Day. Today, we continue with another “Quote of the Day” for October 20, 2016:

“Success is discovering the purposes and will of God for your life and faithfully doing it.”

The accompanying scripture is from 1 Peter 2:15-16 in the Amplified Bible:

15 For it is the will of God that by doing right you may silence (muzzle, gag) the [culpable] ignorance and irresponsible criticisms of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover or pretext for evil, but [use it and live] as bond-servants of God.

The phrase “the will of God” brings to mind a series of posts on that very subject. One of the blog entries expressed our desire “To find, to know, and to do the will of God.” From that blog entry come some of the following comments:

Throughout the Psalms and elsewhere in the Bible we find great encouragement to do the will of God:

Psalm 40:8 (NLT):

I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”

Psalm 143:10 in the Amplified Bible reinforces this message:

Teach me to do Your will [so that I may please You],
For You are my God;
Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

As believers endeavoring to please God, we seek to discover the will of God, as expressed in this poem:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me,

and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when we acknowledge

And embrace the path set before us, our destiny:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing we are covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

We rejoice to find, to know and do the will of God.

Jason Upton expresses his passionate desire to live for the “Will of God.”

1 Peter 2:15-16—A servant doing the will of God

November 13, 2013

1 Peter 2--15-16 2

As a servant of God, someone who is concerned about finding and doing the will of God, the Verse of the Day for November 13, 2013 really resonated with me.  My blog entry on the Verse of the Day for yesterday focused on the will of God, and I indicated that I had touched upon the subject in previous entries. Similarly in thinking of myself as one who serves the Lord with gladness, I have discussed this particular designation of “servant” or “bondslave” on numerous occasions.  Both of these concepts encircle the two verses from 1 Peter 2:15-16: A reference to “the will of God” opens the passage, while the phrase “servants of God” closes the second verse.

Yesterday’s blog entry included a poem entitled “The Will of God” which was part of a set of poems based on that subject.  The second poem in the series is perfectly suited to today’s verse:

The Will of God II

“The will of God, nothing less, nothing more, nothing else”

Anonymous

 

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God

in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

 I Thessalonians 5:18

 

God unfolds before me the mystery of His will.

I may not fully understand, but I will nod

In agreement that I still say yes to His will

Despite the rugged mountain terrain I have trod,

I persist and press on to fully do His will.

In everything give thanks: this is the will of God.

At all times and places I can fulfill His will.

Whatever comes my way I will serve Him until

The day when He calls me home or Christ returns.

I align my will with His until the two are one.

Ever the eager servant, I am one who learns

To humbly say, “Not my will but Yours be done.”

The will of God, nothing less, nothing more, nothing else,

But truly doing the will of God is something else.

 

As a bondslave of the Lord, endeavoring to do the will of God, here are more reflections on the subject.