I was reading a book, “The Will of God As a Way of Life” by Jerry Sittser and found a particular passage I believe will set many a good intended Christian, who is still looking for the will of God, liberated! Hope you’ll be blessed by the message as much as I was! Here goes:
As I struggled with the issue of discovering God’s will, I came to a startling conclusion. The will of God concerns the present more than the future; it deals with our motives as well as our actions; it focuses on the little decisions we make everyday even more than the big decisions we make about the future. The only time we really have both to know and to do God’s will is the present moment. We are to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, and we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Jesus’ teaching about the simple will of God is therefore always relevant in every situation imaginable, whether we are doctors or ministers, single or married, young or old, healthy or sick. It is the daily choices we make to honor and serve God that determine whether we are doing the will of God. We already know the will of God for our daily lives, however cloudy the future appears to be. That we do not know what God wants for tomorrow does not excuse us from doing His will today.
This perspective on the will of God gives us astonishing freedom. If we seek first God’s Kingdom and righteousness, which is the will of God for our lives, then whatever choices we make concerning the future become the will of God for our lives. There are many pathways we could follow, many options we could pursue. As long as we are seeking God, all of them can be God’s will for our lives, although only one – the path we choose- actually becomes His will.
God does have one will for our lives – that we seek first His Kingdom. But God allows us to follow many possible pathways to live that one will out. For example, God does not have one person selected for us to marry whom we must “find”. Instead, there are many people we could marry, if we choose to marry at all. Nor does God have one career mapped out for us, which we must then figure out. Instead, there are many careers we could do and perhaps will do. The “one” will God has for us consists of a commitment to put Him first in everything. Then, when we make specific decisions concerning the future, we can be confident that what we choose becomes God’s will for our lives.
What does this mean in practical terms? God wills that we do the obvious everyday, which is to honor Him. As Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, wrote in his Spiritual Exercises, “In every good choice, in so far as it depends upon us, the direction of our intention should be simple. I must look to the end for which I am created, that is, for the praise of God our Lord and for the salvation of my soul. Therefore, whatever I choose must have as its purpose to help me to this end.”