Many people have suffered untold misery in their lives worrying over whether or not they are “in” the will of God. We seem to have this idea that God has a certain decision we are to make concerning everything in our lives and if we don’t choose that exact one we are out of his will. This type of thinking covers everything from what school to attend, what car to buy, what clothes to wear and for some what should I get on my pizza? Now don’t get me wrong I do believe God is interested in every detail of our lives, but I think there is some room for us to live and make decisions without fear of being out of his will.
One day I came across a few verses that I thought summed up the subject of God’s will pretty clearly. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we read “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Wow! Are you serious? So, in other words, it doesn’t matter if we get the pepperoni or not just as long as we rejoice, pray and give thanks?
God’s will for me is rejoicing! He wants me to be filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory. He really isn’t a cosmic killjoy after all. In fact the Bible says, “In his presence is fullness of joy.” He created all things for his pleasure so he enjoys himself and what he has made and he wants us to join him in the rejoicing.
Some might say, “How can we pray without ceasing? I have to go to work. I can’t spend all my time in prayer.” I think this is talking about cultivating a Christ consciousness. No matter what we do or where we go we are in communion with him.
Finally we are told to give thanks in everything. Taken literally we see this doesn’t mean we give thanks for evil things but we are thankful to God even in the midst of evil. Some go as far as to thank God even for the bad which makes sense once we come to see that God is in fact working even in those dark miserable things in our lives. He is still in charge and will bring good things out of the evil. So rejoice, pray and give thanks!
Written by Louie