The term, “God Willing” has been used as a type of hashtag (#) by Christians, even back when a hashtag was simply a pound or number sign. Many add it to the end of a sentence when they are sharing things they want to do that may be considered either life changing or possibly out of their reach. A quick search of #godwilling on Twitter can show numerous examples like these:
Just finished interviewing for the teaching position!!! #godwilling
Big news on the way! Let’s see if all of these singing lessons pay off… #godwilling
I’m finally able to afford to go on a mission trip, but waiting on the Lord to release me! #godwilling
Mom’s heading into surgery. If you pray, pray for a miracle. #godwilling
All of these situations, even though they are all based on different hopes or desires, have one thing in common. They desire God’s will to be in line with their own, and they leave enough room in their hopeful prayer to respect that the Lord is still in control, even if it doesn’t go the way they hope. Each situation shows an expressed belief that God has a plan and a purpose for our lives yet reveals that they believe we are called to do something along with Him until we get to the point where it’s out of our hands. From then on, it’s God’s will if the outcome happens the way we want, and it’s God’s will if it doesn’t.
But is this actually what it means to seek after the will of God? Maybe we need to step back a second and see what the Bible means when we read passages talking about the will of God.
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