God’s Will for You is the New Covenant
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
My mom once worked for a time-management company. This company sold day planners and organizers based on the time-management system it had designed. They primarily sold to businesses to help employees be more productive in the workplace. Mom’s company also trained employees to use the system.
Setting goals and objectives were key ingredients to the system’s success. You start with the end in mind. This is the place where a project or task finds its completion. Then you outline the steps you’ll take to get there, assigning each step a due date. The system worked for many, many people. You may be using something similar today to help you accomplish your goals in life.
My mom worked for this company about the same time that I began to discover the grace of God. Mom gave me an organizer. When I tried to use it back then, it always made me think about God’s goals. I wondered what his goals were for my life. In other words, I wanted to know God’s will. I am sure this has crossed your mind a time or two as well.
Knowing God’s will is one of our deepest desires, yet it can be one of our most frustrating quests.
When you hear or read the phrase “God’s will,” what comes to mind? Most would frame their answer in terms of God’s plan for them. They want to know how to choose whom to marry, where to live, and what to do in life. For example, Steve called our radio program to discuss a big decision he was facing. He had two job opportunities and didn’t know which one to take. He explained the situation and then asked, “What is God’s will for me?”
Steve did not want to make a wrong decision. He was stuck in the mud. He was so afraid he might miss God’s perfect will and what that might mean for the future. I can tell you, being stuck in the mud like Steve is not God’s will.
God has called us to a life of freedom that is built on the foundation of God’s promise in Romans 8:28: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This is a win-win proposition. But to get there we need to shift our thinking regarding God’s will. Instead of thinking of God’s will in terms of a plan, shift gears and look at it in terms of a legal will. God has a will like that and it is called the New Covenant.