“Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now going to be made complete by the flesh” (Galatians 3:3)? It’s amazing how so many children of God desire to walk by their own appetites and choices; but in order to appear good and religious to their circle of friends, family and Church, they twist the Word of God to suit their appetites and choices. Of course, when things don’t go as planned they blame everyone but themselves. In reality, when we refuse to anchor our beliefs on God’s Word or trust Him to direct us, we are in grave danger emotionally, spiritually and physically: “Anyone who ignores instruction despises himself, but whoever listens to correction acquires good sense” (Proverbs 15:32) and “We must therefore pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).
I read an article the other day where the writer argued that people ought not to go seeking God’s will in things that concerns them, rather, they should do what appeals to their individual taste and person; at the same time be open minded to understand what the Scriptures say and apply them as well to the same situation. This statement was misleading for me, because on one hand, the writer encouraged his readers to do what their hearts and individual tastes tells them to do, and at the same time employ God’s Word to the same situation! Seriously, how does one do what they like and still want to obey God’s will on the same matter especially if what they think is right is not? He went further to argue that every situation requires common sense and not prayers! Haba! At what point then does one pray to know God’s will? It was truly a confusing piece. Sadly, these manner of messages are being preached from pulpits across the land. So many have bought into these terrible and dangerous teachings because it excuses their ungodly desires and behaviors. No wonder there is chaos in the Body, and children of God are crying out to God for a Revival: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever he wanted” (Judges 21:25).
Beloved, God’s will is not an emblem to be worn on a sleeve, or a get-out-of-jail(any limiting circumstance)-free card. God’s will is real and the Lord is serious about it! God’s will is HIS CHOICE, what He wants, and His sovereign governance over ALL. Meaning, God wants His way or none at all in your life! It was His will to create you, place you where you are. He did not set up a committee before making the decision, neither did He ask for your input before He did all that. Why do you then think, He needs your input now? You might argue that He permits us to do things our way. True! That is His permissive will NOT HIS CHOICE. He allows this so man may decide Who the Perfect Leader is: Him or man! Through Scriptures, we saw men that operated in the permissive will of God, return to understand that God’s will is indeed perfect! The devil and his agents have set up these arguments in order to confuse the people and make them foolish and directionless. Of course, a directionless person is an easy prey for the enemy! We cannot seek God’s will on a matter and still seek to impose our own standards on the same matter. The fact that you did certain things your own way and it worked or works does not make your way right or the thing godly (Psalm 106:13-15, Hosea 8:7). The fact that a thing is good, does not make it godly! God’s standards are forever righteous and cannot be lowered: “I delight to do Your will, my God; Your instruction resides within me” (Psalm 40:8).
Finally beloved, enough of playing the fence over that issue, if you desire to take it to the Lord, take it there and allow Him to direct you on what to do. Don’t confuse yourself or allow others to confuse you concerning your ‘common sense’ or God’s will. Remember, whatever you get or devise using your ‘common sense’ you will need your ‘common sense’ to sustain it! But His will is Perfect, and He sustains it forever! May the Lord help you to surrender totally to His will, in Jesus Christ name! God bless you!