What is God’s Will for You This New Year?
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The New Year is approaching quickly and many are reminiscing over this past year with all of it’s joys and pleasures as well as some disappointments. Some are anticipating what great things God will do in their lives in this coming year and others are fearful and apprehensive about the will of God for them. In order for Christians to know and do the Lord’s will, may I suggest reading the above Scripture connecting the two chapters. Before Paul admonishes us to submit ourselves to God as a living sacrifice, he first invites us to bring praise and honor to our Lord as true worshippers of Him.
We cannot explain God’s ways (v. 33) they are unsearchable and beyond our comprehension. We must live by faith without manipulating or scheming and trust that He will take care of everything. We as believers cannot change God’s mind (v. 34) or bargain with Him (v. 35). We cannot steal God’s glory (v. 36) or we may lose the opportunity to receive all God wants to give to us. Isaiah 42:8 says, I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
In Romans 12:2, God asks us to prove, test, or discern what the will of God is for us. We must carefully evaluate Scripture, examine ourselves and trust the inner working of the Holy Spirit of God for direction. God’s Word is an excellent guide in the everyday decisions of life. There are specific examples of the will of God given in Scripture such as, 1 Thessalonians 4:3 says, For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: and 1 Peter 2:15 states, For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. It is important for us to be cautious about the decision we make because they can cause severe consequences in our lives. God can and does work in matters that seem unimportant at the time, but this is where we must trust God at His Word and walk daily in the light of Scripture.
There is a difference between making a mistake and deliberately rebelling against God and His will. When God is not permitted to rule and reign in the life of a believer, sin is disciplined which seems extremely painful at the time. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised there by (Hebrews 12:11).
Thought: As you contemplate what the will of God is for your life this year, begin by praising and worshipping Jesus Christ for who He is and for what He has done for you. May this year be the very best year of your life as you obey and trust God in His unsearchable wisdom and knowledge to prove what is His perfect will for you in 2012.
Happy New Year!