Does God’s Will = Detailed Plan?

And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” —Mark 3:32-35

Here’s one of the crucial questions that doesn’t get asked enough: Does God have a will for each individual? Think before you answer. Does He have an individualized, highly detailed, inviolable (unbreakable) will for you? Could you defend biblically the concept that God has such a specific will? By that I mean does God have a specific college for you to go to? Does God have a specific church for you to attend, a specific person for you to marry, and a specific house for you to buy? Many of us are familiar with the struggle: you have a realtor and a price range. You find five possible houses but two of them you don’t like and three of them are in the ballpark, and you’re like, “God, which one is it?” Does He already not only know which one you will chose (His foreknowledge isn’t bound by time), but also have a definite will about which one you should choose? We make hundreds of choices every day—are we running the risk of “detouring” from God’s will at any and every moment? And what would happen if you make any decision not in perfect agreement with His plans? Does God even have an individual, micro-specific will like that? Because if He doesn’t, we’re putting ourselves through a lot of torture trying to find it and worrying about something that doesn’t exist.

As we’ll see elsewhere, I’m not in any way saying that God doesn’t have a will. He most certainly does! And I’m not saying that God ever hands over veto power on any decision we make—just think about all the people who have failed in committing suicide and then been transformed by the Gospel. Whatever the freedom and limits of our wills (our decision-making), it isn’t in the same category with God’s. But there’s a difference between thinking that God has a very specific will about every little nit-picky decision we make and realizing that God’s will includes letting us make real choices and experience the results of those choices. Notice that Jesus’ words in the verse above include the idea that some do and some don’t do “the will of God.” We need to have a clear understanding of God’s will so we can go after it! —James MacDonald


·         What kinds of things am I thinking about (or should I be thinking about) when I pray the Lord’s Prayer, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven?”

Prayer - Thank You for reminding me today, Father, that You do have a will and really are in control of Your creation. Thank You that Your power, knowledge, grace, and love put limits on just how far wrong I can be. Thank You for extending to me the gift of eternal life, a gift I could have never earned, deserved, or figured out on my own. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.