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By The Will Of God

Yesterday’s post was a rundown of what I spoke about at my first campground service of the year.  It was based on the first two verses of Ephesians as my services this year will be a series on Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus.

One phrase stood out to me that I want to explore a bit more.  It comes at the end of the first verse after Paul calls himself an apostle of Christ Jesus.

He writes that he is this apostle “by the will of God.”

Paul was an apostle by the will of God.  Think about that for a minute.  By the will of God.

What are you doing that is by the will of God?

Are you going to your job tomorrow by the will of God?

Are you a parent by the will of God?

Are you a grandparent by the will of God?

What does that even mean?

I think too often how we look at our circumstances are faulty.  We might bemoan the circumstances we find ourselves in.  We might even grumble about them.  Do we, though, consider that they are the will of God?

Our job is not going the way we imagined.  Perhaps we find ourselves in a career what we did not plan or even consider.  It is easy to question why.  However, are you in that position by the will of God?

Maybe we have problems with our children.  They are going down the wrong path.  We do not like the choices they are making.  Heartbreak happens.  What happens if that is by the will of God?

As I looked at that phrase “by the will of God”, I realized that it is an attitude changer.

Paul looked at this circumstances in life, his position in life, and realized that it was all by the will of God.  He was not a Pharisee any longer, by the will of God.  He has been shipwrecked, beaten and stoned in life by the will of God.  Knowing that it was by the will of God allowed Paul to face and work in any circumstance he faced.

It will do the same for us.

Job?  Family?  Position in life?  Being by the will of God makes it bearable.

Does that mean we throw our hands up in resignation and simply accept it as is and never seek to change poor circumstances?  No.  However, it does mean that we can look beyond them, learn the lessons from the situation, and lean on the Lord through them.

By the will of God is a lubricant that eases the circumstances we find ourselves in.  It is support that keeps us from falling.  It is fuel down the road of life.

Do you live life as though it is by the will of God?

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  1. April 27, 2015 at 3:04 am

    I hate to say it Larry, but sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. 😦

  2. April 27, 2015 at 6:46 am

    I honestly try to live my life “in His will.” Do I always succeed? Huh.

  3. robshep
    April 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

    When I was in high school my youth pastor said, “God’s will is not something you find it’s something you do.” That stuck with me.

  4. 5kcane
    April 27, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    By the will of God, that is something to think about. like the post.

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