Posts Tagged ‘Your Will’

Three poems on the will of God

May 2, 2018
The will of God will not take you

A powerful statement regarding “The Will of God.”

Taken from 1 John 5: 14-15 in the Amplified Bible, the Verse of the Day for May 2, 2018 on Biblegateway.com contains a phrase that never fails to arrest my attention:

1 John 5:14- 15 (AMP):

This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.

The expression “His will” or “the will of God” brought to mind three poems based on that topic compiled into what I called a “Triptych on the Will of God.” OxfordDictionaries.com offers this definition of the term “triptych”: “A set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.” WordNet 3.6 provides this definition of triptych art, as “art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together).” Here is an example taken from the same source:

triptych altar
ONE LEAF OF A TRIPTYCH IN CATHEDRAL OF SEVILLE

Of the three attached poems in my triptych, two are original works while the third by is an anonymous author. The two pieces that I wrote are inspired by quotations and verses of scripture while the anonymous poem does not have any introductory material. A song related to the will of God is also inserted between the second and third poems and at the end of the series.

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 and do the will of God.

 

Listen to “Your Will” by Darius Brooks

 

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.

 

“In Everything Give Him Thanks” so says 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir:

The Will of God

Author: Unknown
The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

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

According to His will

May 2, 2016

1 John 5--14-15

From 1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) comes the Verse of the Day for May 2, 2016:

And this is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Here is the passage from the Amplified Bible:

1 John 5:14-15

This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.

John 9:31 (NLT) also offers this reminder as to whom God responds as individuals pray:

We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.

There is further encouragement to seek His will found in Proverbs 16:3

Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].

The reference to “His will” brings to mind a series of posts on the Will of God. One of the entries expressed my desire “To find, to know, and to do the will of God.” From that post come some of the following comments:

Throughout the Psalms and elsewhere in the Bible we find 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.

Since a child, I have been endeavoring to discover the will of God for my life, 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 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 and do the will of God.

Darius Brooks offers a passionate rendition of “Your Will,” one of my favorite songs focusing on the will of God:

The Will of God: The road less traveled by

June 9, 2014

Matthew 7--13-14

The Verse of the Day for June 9, 2014 is found in Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV):

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The Amplified Bible renders the passage this way:

13 Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.

14 But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.

As I reflect upon this familiar passage, a confluence of poetry floods my mind, beginning with my Junior English class in high school when Mrs. Hortense House required our class to memorize two poems “Barter” by Sara Teasdale and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, both of which I committed to memory 56 years ago and  still find them applicable today.

The reference to “the broad way” in contrast to “the narrow way” also brings to mind an earlier blog entry in which I discussed “The Will of God.” Also I thought of another poem in which I refer to the Frost poem in a work related to the will of God. The poem is called “The Will of God: the Road Less Travelled By.”

In the blog entry I spoke of the analogy of the will of God being a road, a path or a way, looking at the Hebrew word derek which is translated “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” It is also referred to as direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, a lifestyle.

In the New Testament, the Greek word hodos is translated “a way, a travelled way, road, and when used as a metaphor it means “a course of conduct” “a way (i.e, manner of thinking, feeling, deciding. It is used 100 times with 54 of those times the word is translated “way.” Matthew 7:13-14 mentions “the broad way” and the “narrow way.”When I say that the Will of God is the road less travelled, I recognize now more clearly than ever what that means in light of the poem that I first memorized years ago. Here is the poem that I wrote:

The Will of God: the Road Less Traveled by

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

The Road Not Taken

—Robert Frost

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,

but let God transform you into a new person              

by changing the way you think.   Then you will learn

to know God’s will for you, which is good and

pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation)

I begin again this year of my jubilee.

Reflecting on life’s journey, I cannot deny

That the will of God is the road less traveled by:

To choose to serve, even though having been set free.

The straight and narrow way I once again select.

I press on, still striving toward the highest good.

In this place we renew our covenant of blood,

Reassured that “As for God His way is perfect.”

I see clearly with new eyes where our paths have led.

In the midst of turbulent times I remain still,

Proving that good and acceptable and perfect will.

I look back, waiting in the now, then look ahead.

Each day God offers another chance to commence:

The choice to do God’s will makes all the difference.

To follow the Will of God is to decide which path you are going to take. Many times it is easier to follow our own path and seek our own way rather than God’s way or God’s will. This anonymous poem gives us comfort and consolation when we decide to take the road less traveled by and follow God’s will, no matter where it takes us:

The Will of God

Author: Unknown
The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears;
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

Darrius Brooks offers a stirring rendition of “Your Will” as a musical summation of today’s blog entry.