Great article by Paul Tripp.
When you think about the will of God, what do you think? If you had to define the phrase – the will of God – what would you write?
I’m deeply persuaded that there are many Christians living in fear, anxiety, and confusion because they don’t know what the will of God is for their life. Are you one of them? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Are you constantly searching for “hints” or “clues” about what God is doing?
- Are you worried that you’re not at the exact place where God wants you?
- Do you find it hard to make decisions because you’re not sure of God’s will?
- Do you struggle to rest with the decisions you’ve made because you think you might have made a mistake?
I think many Christians make the mistake of acting on what they can never be sure of rather than relying on what they can know for sure. In other words, Christians confuse God’s secret will with his revealed will.
By no means is this Article encouraging you to stop praying or seeking after God – the Bible says on countless occasions to seek after him. But I’m afraid that we sometimes seek in the wrong places. Rather than resting within the clear limits of what God has made known to us, we search in the foggy, unrevealed, secret parts of God’s will and end up lost, confused, discouraged, and anxious.
The reason why theologians call God’s secret will a secret is precisely because it’s kept secret from us! God’s sovereign plan for the universe hasn’t been revealed to us. Yet God hasn’t left us without guidance – he has given us his Word…
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