December 29

TODAY IS…

a great day to make God’s will your will.

“For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.”  John 6:38 KJV

Many of us can testify to having acquired firsthand knowledge that living our lives as we saw fit did not turn out to be such a good idea. Following our own desires, urges, wants, and impulses, many of us have found disappointment, disillusionment, despair, and even brushes with death.

When we make God’s will our own, we begin to carefully consider what we are about to do and ask God if it meets with His approval. We use the lessons of the Bible to guide us, to give us wisdom, and to strengthen our hearts. These things enable us to understand a little easier what God expects of us.

The federal, state and local governments have put into place tens of thousands of laws and regulations that we are expected to know and to follow.

God’s list is a lot shorter, a lot easier to remember, and should cover just about every aspect of our life. It is a great irony – or is it a great sadness? – that we could follow the will of all of those governing bodies and obey each and every law and regulation on file and we could still be going against the will of God in many different ways.

Paul gave quite a few examples of God’s will in his first letter to the church at Thessalonica.

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for that is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 NASB).

In other words, God put us here and said, “Play nice.”

Like children in a sandbox, we see the toy the other kid has and we want it. We see one child paying attention to another child and we get jealous.

Play nice.

Love each other as brothers and sisters and treat each other as we want to be treated. These are not difficult concepts when we read them or hear them, but watching as God’s will is replaced with our will over and over again tells us that we are not quite committed to the concept.

For a better life for yourself and those around you, make God’s will your will today, and every day.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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