Recently, I was reading a dynamite blog post about the Biblical definition of righteousness. In the middle of the post was an absolute gem of an explanation about how to KNOW the will of God.
As a former pastor (ten years in the pulpit), I can assure you, the author of the following quote is spot on when they claim that the question ‘how can I know the will of God?’ is probably asked more than any other among Christians. Well, quite simply, here is the answer:
For many years, it was our constant desire to DO what pleased the Father, but like everyone else we knew in the church, we were never sure what the ‘will’ of the Father was!
The most common question we hear from Christians is, “How can I know what the Will of the Father is for my life?”
The ‘official’ answers given have ranged from “just love God and
your neighbor”, to “pray,” or even “set out a fleece.” Each answer was based on the underlying assumption that the believer needed to know the specific ‘will’ of God at specific moments in their life.
We have come to believe that this understanding is essentially wrong, limiting, and injurious to believers. Under this ‘system,’ our lives become a constant stream of questions and self-doubt: “Am I really doing what the Father wants me to do? Maybe I should have (done thus and such)….?” The enemy wreaks havoc in our lives, accusing us of having made the wrong choices, and so often we cannot help but listen to his accusations because we are not confident that we have heard God rightly.
Take heart! YHVH is not a God of confusion. His will is simple and easy to understand – particularly with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
- The Will of YHVH is that we are to love Him with all our heart, mind and strength.
And thou shalt love YHVH thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deut 6:5
- To love Him means to obey Him.
If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  John 15:10
- What is it that we are we to obey? His precepts, statues and commandments – His Torah!
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove [Grk: dokimazō: recognize as genuine after examination] what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Rom 12:2
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am YHVH. Lev 18:5
All the commands of Torah are designed to give us a ‘vehicle’ through which to live in the will of the Father and to walk out an ACTIVE LOVE for YHVH and our neighbor. Love, after all, is not a feeling – it is an action. Without expression through action, feelings are meaningless and useless. Torah gives us the means by which to express our love in ways that align with the Will and Character of YHVH and Y’shua!
Wow!! That answer is so simple and concise, and exactly true! I already knew this, but it is so refreshing to see it stated by another, and simply.
In a sentence:
The will of God is obedience to His revealed definition of righteousness, His Torah.