by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday January 24, 2006
God’s Desired Will
Unlike determined will, God’s desired will is resistible and conditional. We have a choice to do things our way or His. The Lord designs a specific plan utilizing a believer’s unique gifts and talents for the kingdom. He wants to share His desired will so that we can live successfully.
First, God desires that we follow the moral laws, like the Ten Commandments, which apply to everyone. Throughout Scripture, we find principles that can add joy and meaning to our lives, such as the instruction always to give thanks and put aside bitterness in favor of forgiveness (1 Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 4:31-32).
Following those basic principles allows us to clearly discover the second part of God’s desired will — His intentions for our personal life. One good example is vocation. Before our birth, God predestined us to have specific skills, talents, and spiritual gifts, which suit us for certain types of work. Our vocation may change, but with divine guidance, our work will consistently “fit” us. Other examples of His intentions include (but aren’t limited to) spouse, finances, and ministry.
Finally, God’s desired will is active in our daily life. What interests us interests Him, no matter how trivial. We have all sent up desperate prayers when something we needed was missing. Often we find the object within moments because a caring Father leads us right to it.
The Lord wants to work in our life, and He will send blessings if we follow Him. It is impossible to get less than the best when we do things His way.