Walking in God’s Will
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
~ Proverbs 3:5-6
If you are reading this, I assume that you have a desire to walk in God’s will. You might have competing interests — we have “all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” — and you might not always do the right thing, even when you want to. But that is a subject for another day. If we want to walk more closely with God, we first have to figure out what God’s will for us is.
A key to finding out what God wants us to do is “humility to the Word”. Humility is itself a prime Christian virtue, and difficult to find sometimes. But specifically, humility to the Word means that when we disagree with something in the Bible, we don’t reject it out of hand.
God loves us and He wants the very best for us. Not something good for us, but the very best. And the place he tells us how to find it is in the Bible. So when we read something we don't like, we have to at least keep an open mind. It might be that we misunderstand what it is actually saying. It might not apply to us. And there is always the possibility that we are wrong and God is right!
The nice thing about taking the Bible as — well, as “Gospel” — is that it isn't a rule book full of unpleasant things we have to bear. It is, first and foremost, a wonderful and comforting means by which we can know Christ and receive the blessings of God on ourselves, despite whatever wrongs we might have done. Jesus is so powerful in his forgiveness, that there is no sin He cannot blot out. We know we are forgiven and saved, and not just in the future: for if we walk with God, He sends us the Holy Spirit to comfort us and keep us from suffering too much, no matter how terrible our circumstances might be in human terms.
Lord, let me always remember to receive your Word, so that I know how to follow your path, confident in your goodness and love for me. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer