Thursday, October 13, 2016

"His Will. His Way."

"His Will.  His Way"

    God's will must be done according to His way in order to actually be His will.

   "Teach me Thy way, o Lord" (Psalm 27:11).

   What we do matters much.  How we do what we do also involves a significant aspect of our walk with the Lord.  Sometimes it matters even more.  Indeed, much harm can be done to the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ when His trusting children seemingly do His bidding, but with an attitude or manner that belies His character.  It is not enough to simply follow Biblical dictates of behavior.  We must also keep our hearts much before the Lord so that the proper "How?" and "Why?" of our actions aligns with what we do.  This involves personally relating to Him in an ongoing discourse whereby we prayerfully seek His confirmation or correction of our ways.  This is a good thing because it means that our walk with God involves far more than merely memorizing commands and fulfilling them by rote or ritual.  It means reality, the reality of living fellowship with our Heavenly Father.

   "Keep thy heart with all diligence.  For out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23).  When we maintain the way in which we do things as a vital aspect of God's will, a far more consistent walk results.  The Christian life involves an inside out process of grace and truth, as it were.  Rather than stone tablets beckoning us from without, as under the law of Moses, the Spirit of God dwells within us and writes the will of God upon our hearts (Hebrews 8:10).  Genuine response to His moving and motivating leads us to consideration not only of what we do, but how and why we do it.  This especially concerns our relationship with people.  Our sphere of influence must see us doing not only the right thing, but also view the Lord's ways in how we do the right thing.  

    Little wonder that the Apostle Paul confessed that "we have no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3).  True godliness of heart, mind, and action transcends our ability by an infinite measure.  Thus, we fill ourselves with knowledge of God's will as revealed in the commands of Scripture.  Moreover, we seek His filling of the character and way of Christ as revealed in us by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  We keep our hearts by consistently looking to God's heart.  His will.  His way.  This alone constitutes genuine worship, love, faith, devotion, and obedience.

"The meek will He teach His way."
(Psalm 25:9)
"Though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity (love), I am nothing."
(I Corinthians 13:2)

Weekly Memory Verse
   The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
(Proverbs 10:28)


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