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If The Lord Wills

...I will return again to you, God willing. And he sailed from Ephesus. Acts 18:21 (NKJV)

When I look to this passage in Acts 18:21, I am strengthened by Paul's proper handling of his future plans and choices as he ended this statement of intentions with, "God willing."

In other words, it was his plan to come back and see those in Ephesus, as long as it was God's will for him. This is a great reminder and an encouragement to my personal commitment to seek God's will for my own plans in life. Most of us have been raised with the understanding of having the freedom to choose our own plans once we have reached a certain age, and many times we can make them without consulting God. I would imagine most of us are tempted to think this way and yet we are warned against it in the Book of James.

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;" whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." James 4:13-15 (NKJV)

We can clearly see from these verses that it is both arrogant and presumptuous to even begin to plan our future endeavors without first seeking and consulting God. Once we have sought the Lord's will and we have a peace about our plans, we should then make it a point to finish every plan we speak forth with, "If the Lord wills." When we say, "I will" with respect to any of our future plans without seeking God's will, we are acting in the same selfish, independent, sinful way Satan did, leading to his fall. We see Isaiah speaking of Satan's independent willful statements in Isaiah 14:13-14. 

For you have said in your heart, "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High." Isaiah 14:13-14 (NKJV)

So how do we seek God’s will for a decision we are pondering? We can seek His will by looking to His Word for guidance and wisdom. We can seek Him in prayer and supplication—making our requests known (Phil. 4:7). We can also make it a practice to ask ourselves some basic questions, such as—

· Is this something God would want me to do?

· Does it bring honor and glory to His name?

· Is this the proper time to do this?

I want to encourage you today to think about the choices you are considering. Make sure it is your heart's desire to have God’s will as the foundation of every plan. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures in this devotional with regard to God's will versus our will?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to make it a practice to seek and include God's will for your plans?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Pray and seek God's will in every decision you make.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for guiding and leading me in all understanding. Help me to know Your will for my life in every area. In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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