Reflecting On God’s Living Will
I’m reflecting on what God’s living will has done in my life and in the Christian Coffee Talk for Women online community, since I created it back in Sept 2015. It started as a private community with only 60 women, as a safe place to share and sharpen each other in our daily walks with Christ. Today we have exceeded 3800 members, and our group has blossomed into a weekly podcast and radio show, to Encourage the Power, Hope, and Purpose of Christ in Everyday Life. And foster Revelation 12:11 among women.
I had no idea this is where we’d be when I created the group, as I was merely focused on sharing nuggets of wisdom that I’d gain from a women’s conference I attended. My intent was to share the knowledge with sisters who were not able to attend. But God had a bigger plan, and that’s just how He works.
God’s Living Will In Action
Before I decided to create the group, I was running before God trying to find my purpose in every and any cause or ministry that I could either create or participate in. I was running myself ragged from taking on way too much. My missions became distractions, and soon I wasn’t making a difference for the better at all. I was just creating a mess for myself, and not spending enough time where ministry mattered the most–in my home.
It wasn’t easy taking a step back and closing doors I pushed open on “my mission for God.” I learned that it’s not “my” mission for God that was purposed for me, but His mission for me, that would eventually prevail, and not until I surrendered.
Hosting this wonderful community of women along with a podcast was never in my sights. I never dreamed of it, never even thought of it. That just wasn’t me. But God created in me, in each of us, special gifts and talents and works for us to do, even before we were born!
Ephesians [2:10] tells us that God ordained us to do things far beyond our own intents and wildest dreams. If we’re too busy distracting ourselves by planning “our own missions for God”, we are surely going to miss out on God’s mission for us.
But how do we wait on God when we have this white-hot, spirit-filled fire burning inside, itching us to get up and move? [Enter cliche answer]: “we go to God’s word, read and apply it. That’s it!” I’m sorry that I don’t have a more sophisticated answer, but it’s just not that complicated. We were ordained to do specific things for God, and that’s what we wait on.
Do you sometimes find yourself convicted while reading God’s word, you know you fully understand it, it makes total sense to you, but then you don’t apply it? I believe this can happen if we haven’t truly surrendered our own will, to allow God’s will to take over and direct our lives. It’s not easy to give up our own plans and dreams, but the truth is that not all of our plans and dreams are His.
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Think about it. How much time do we waste running before Him, oblivious His help in the Bible, because we’re distracted by our own will?
God’s word pleads with us in our stubbornness to let go of our own will. Are you willing to give up your will and your mission for God, in exchange for His living will and mission for you?:
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Isaiah [30:18] (MSG) “But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.”
Lamentations [3:25]-26 (MSG) “God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.
Psalm 37:7 (NIV) “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways…”
John [3:30] (NIV) “He must become greater; I must become less.”
2 Timothy [3:16] (NLT) “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
Romans [8:28]-29 (NLT) “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
Colossians 4:2 (MSG) “Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.”