One of my greatest fears has always been, “Am I outside the will of God?”. I wrestle with this constantly. My heart burns to do the will of God meaning, I want to follow Him. Not my own passions, desires, or wants. I want to want what He wants. Say that five times fast. I know that I am not the only one to wrestle with this from time to time. Just do a quick Google search on “Am I in God’s will?” and 225,000,000 results will come up! WOW!
Jesus says in John 5:19,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the son does likewise.”
Jesus continues on to remind us of the authority given to Him by God. Then He says in vs. 30,
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgement is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” John 5:30
Jesus is our ultimate example of what it looks like to follow and submit to our Heavenly Father. Jesus even sought God’s will. We aren’t alone asking this question.
The truth is, there are many days where I wake up in fear, paralyzed even, wondering the answer to that question. I wonder, should I have purchased that thing, go to that playground, or call that person… You get the point. I know some of you are reading this and probably thinking… “Holly, you are an over thinker”. You’d be correct. However, I felt like God reminded me today that it’s ok to question and wonder. Actually, it’s HEALTHY and GOOD to reevaluate our heart’s posture so we can realign it with His.
As I was wrapping up 1 Thessalonians this morning, God highlighted vs 16-18.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
If you are ever wondering what God’s will is for your life… here it is…
Be filled with joy. Let’s stop using the, “If I just had ______, then I’d be happy”. Or “If I could just go to ______, then maybe I’d be joyful.” To rejoice means to no longer rely on this world for happiness. Rejoicing doesn’t believe the lie that says “If only / then”. Rejoicing comes from an inner joy that is completely independent from our circumstances. It’s a joy that comes from experiencing God’s undeserved grace because of Jesus!
Then, talk to God ALL THE TIME. Chat with Him about the big things and the small things. Tell him when you’re disappointed, hurt, or frustrated. Tell Him when you can’t contain your excitement. Tell Him your secrets (P.S. He knows them anyway!). Talk to God non-stop!
Lastly, thank God for absolutely everything! Thank Him for every high and every low. Thank Him for the disagreements, for the corrections, for the flat tire, or the broken dishwasher. Thank Him for your financial security, or your 9 to 5 job. Thank Him for the termination letter you just received. Thank Him for the extra free time with your family. Thank Him for your babies here on earth, and the sweet little one’s who went to be with Him already. Thank Him for going before you in all circumstances. Thank Him for his provision, His faithfulness, and His grace.
Jesus reminded me today that He simply wants my heart, and yours too. A heart that rejoices, prays, and thanks Him for everything. That’s His will for you and I.
May our anxious hearts rest in His grace today and everyday!