February 24, 2014
READ: Genesis 12:1-9
Abram departed as the LORD had instructed (v.4).
I subscribe to a magazine that promotes simplicity. The editors adore articles on no-fuss solutions for household problems, relationship snags and fashion conundrums. For example, one issue featured 799 new uses for items you already own, while another presented tasty meals made from just three ingredients.
In some cases, understanding God’s will for our lives comes down to one simple word: obedience. Abram (later called Abraham) obeyed when God told him to leave his native land and settle somewhere new (Genesis 12:1). Although he was 75 years old, and although he knew the journey would be challenging, “Abram departed as the LORD had instructed” (v.4). He simply obeyed. It might have been tempting for the patriarch to question God’s will in this situation. He could have wondered if he had truly heard from God. Perhaps he considered asking his friends for their opinion on the big move.
Occasionally we all find ourselves wondering what God wants us to do in certain situations. Sometimes the answer is complex; other times it’s as simple as obeying God’s instructions. For example, we know God wants us to be:
• Morally pure—“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin” (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
• Grateful in every situation—“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will” (5:18).
• Examples of holiness—“It is God’s will that your honourable lives should silence those . . . who [foolishly accuse] you” (1 Peter 2:15).
Many of the decisions we face in life have elements of obedience embedded in them. Today, if you’re wondering what to do in a given situation, consider this question: how can I simply obey God and His Word? —Jennifer Benson Schuldt
Read 1 John 2:17 to see the value in discovering and following God’s will. Look up Romans 12:2 to learn how God’s will relates to the influences of the world.
How might our emotions confuse us about what God wants us to do? What should we do when we realise that God’s will for our lives differs from our own will or desire?