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Wednesday, August 23rd, '17

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ON FINDING THE WILL OF GOD

"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5:17)

 

Henry Drummond, revivalist and missionary to Africa in the late 1800's, when asked about discerning the will of God opened the flyleaf of his Bible and read this formula:

 

"First, pray. Second, think. Third, talk to wise people but don't regard their word as final. Fourth, beware of putting forth of your own will, but don't be too afraid of it. God never unnecessarily thwarts a man's nature and liking. It is a mistake to think that His will is always in the line of the disagreeable. Fifth, meanwhile, do the next thing, for doing God's will in the small things is the best preparation for doing it in the great things. Sixth, when decision and action are necessary, go ahead. Seventh, you will probably not find out until afterward, perhaps long afterward, that you have been led by it".

 

Let's touch on some highlights. First, praying opens the mind and sensitizes to the still small voice. "Ask and it shall be given you". It, what? Guidance for one thing. Next Drummond advises that we think. Thinking flashes the caution light and allows us to see things objectively. Often, people jump on a bandwagon not knowing where the parade is headed. Then talk to the wise. "I will get me unto the great men, and will speak to them, for they have known the way of the Lord..." (Jeremiah 5:5) In the multitude of counselors there is safety, said Solomon, but even they are often behind the curve. To lead you mustn't lag.

 

I like that Drummond told us to not always be afraid of our own wills. Every man has a good side that is fighting the bad. Conscience should judge between them. If God dwells within then His desires also dwell within and surface from within. "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7). The fifth point, now act on that pure motive. The wish list becomes a work list. Put feet to your prayers. Point six extrapolates on that. God gave you sense and the gift of reason, so make decisions. It's a toss up on which is better, wearing out the knees of your pants praying or the soles of your shoes doing. Lastly, God often reveals what was right long after the fact. You reap what you sow later than you sow. The proof is in the fruit. Our prayer is, "Thy will be done" and to "be" done it must be "done". If the light inside is green, it is time to let out the clutch.


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