Welcome back to another episode of #MANLYMONDAY! Our bimonthly video series for Your Other Brothers. In this episode, we dive into the concept of the will of God. How do you find it, and what does it look like? Does the will of God look the same for everyone?
I share a campfire experience from our recently held YOBBERS retreat and dive into my experience finding the will of God — including an image of a father and a son that changed how I view the will of God.
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OUR VERSE FOR THIS WEEK
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) —
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
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How do you discern the will of God? How have you made your most pivotal decisions? How does God speak to you?
I needed this reminder today. Thank you.
Ephesians 5:17: ” Wherefore be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” When I read things like this in Scripture, it gives me courage that the will of God for my life is knowable.
I Thessalonians 4:3: “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye may abstain from fornication.” Definitely an important verse to remember for anyone dealing with sexual issues! God’s will never leads us outside of morality and His revealed plan for mankind.
I guess I’ve never really thought about the will of God being something that I help create. I’ve always kind of seen it unfold in my life as the Lord opening doors for me to do what I am good at or created to do. And certainly that is the way it has worked for me. Seeking first His kingdom and righteousness and being useful wherever He opens the door. And if the door remains shut (despite asking, seeking, knocking), trusting that He knows best and being content where we are.
I’m in a point in my life right now where I am waiting for God to open doors. Praying often and honestly. Letting Him know the deep desires of my heart, but trusting He knows best and trying to be content if my own ideas are not His. So, brothers who pray, pray for me in this regard.
I love hymns, and there is an old Methodist hymn called the Bondage of Love. Here is the opening verse and chorus:
O sweet will of God, thou hast girded me round
Like the deep moving currents that girdle the sea
With omnipotent love is my poor nature bound
And this bondage to love sets me perfectly free
Hallelujah, hallelujah, my soul now is free
For the precious blood of Jesus cleanses even me!
Amen and amen.
I agree with what you say about God’s will! I don’t think whether I wear the blue shirt or the green shirt (to use a silly example) matters to God as much as my heart while I’m wearing it. God has a plan and a will for us but it seems like it has much more to do with making us more like Jesus than which job we take or what city we live in.
The times I feel like I have the most insight into that are in times of solitude, silence, and prayer, although God definitely uses people close to me for that as well.