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To find, to know, and to do the will of God

November 12, 2014

Colossians_1-9Yesterday, in the English Grammar class that I teach at Carolina College of Biblical Studies in Fayetteville, NC, we discussed “verbals,” words formed from a verb, but they function as different parts of speech, such as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. Among the verbals that we discussed were “infinitives,” which are easily recognized by identifying “to” plus the verb form. One of most recognized pair of infinitives comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “To be or not to be, that is the question.”

This morning as I was preparing to post a blog entry based on the Word of the Day, I had planned to re-post a previous entry that contains a poem with a series of infinitives. Had I thought about it yesterday, it would have been a perfect illustration of how infinitives can be used as nouns. That was yesterday, but today is another day, and the poem still expresses the same truth regarding “the will of God.”

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day for November 12, 2014, the phrase “the knowledge of His will” was highlighted in my mind.   I began to consider deeply this verse that emphasizes “The Will of God,” the place where I ever desire to be found. As is so often the case, when I wax reflective, I also wax poetic, and in this case, I thought of a particular poem that is part of a quartet of original poems centering on “The Will of God.” Colossians 1:9 especially relates to this poetic expression:

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 I acknowledge

And embrace the path, the destiny, prepared for me:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing I am 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,

I rejoice to find, to know, to do the will of God.

Numerous songs have been written related to” the will of God.” In fact, a previous blog entry on Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe contains a quartet of poems and songs centering on “The Will of God.” Three are original, and the last one is anonymous. Between each poem is a video of a song related to “The Will of God.”

A song connected to this particular poem is written by Deb Zemke; “His Will” is played and sung by Robert Jason.

Reflecting on the “The Will of God” is a great way to start the day.