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The Perfect Will of God

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 30, 2009


One of the greatest feelings a Christian can have is knowing that what you are doing is in God’s perfect will. It may come as a surprise to some, but many Christians are not operating in God’s perfect will instead being content in a somewhat complacent state, and every christian at some time or other has experienced being out of God’s perfect will. That is the journey of a Christ follower.

The great thing about this journey is that God is a God of reconciliation. He plans; we follow; we fail; he revises. It’s not that our failures are unplanned for by God, but we learn through our failures to trust God’s plan and will more, and hopefully, we reduce the number of failures by learning to trust him more.

There are many many biblical examples of this, the most notable being Adam and Eve.

If I asked you what God’s absolute perfect will was, what would you say? I think a strong argument could be made that God’s absolute perfect will was that Adam would not sin. God’s will was not for Adam to fail, but God planned for Adam’s failure. He made it very easy for Adam to succeed yet challenging (He only gave Adam one rule), yet challenging enough to allow Adam to make a choice. The one rule – don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden.

Seems like an easy rule to follow except that that tree was located right next to the tree Adam needed to eat from, the tree of life.

Adam could not avoid the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and thus succomed to temptation and, as you know, Adam failed this test. At that moment God’s absolute perfect will was not followed, and man lost something he could never get back – his inoscence. Therefore, God’s plan unfolded – there would be a redeemer that would restore man’s relationship with God. The problem was that it would be some time, and many rules leading up to the day where God’s newly implemented plan would come to fulfillment.

It’s not that the new plan was not God’s perfect will; it was more like God’s “revised perfect will”. The point of most interest is that once the failure occurred, the original perfect will was unattainable.

Case in point, Adam’s fall brought man from a point of a life untouched by sin with the capability of seeing God face to face, walking with him phycially in the garden of Eden to to a sinful state where salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus became the only way to reconcile man back to God. The main difference is that believers still live in a sinful world, affected by the precence of sin until we die.

God’s perfect will then is perfect based on the condition of man, not on the condition of God. Eventually, we will be perfect in the presence of God. Currently, we have one mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ. However, once we leave this physical existence, we will have direct access to God’s precence.

This in no way diminishes what Jesus did, on the contrary it promotes that work. For up until that day that the Son of God invaded our world, God’s perfect will depended on man’s actions. God required something of us for his perfect will to be upheld.

The difference in the work of Christ is that this new point of grace provided to man through the cross of Christ was a completely God created, God ordained, God performed act. There was not one thing man or devil could do that would keep this perfect will of God from unfolding.

Humans free will has a huge downside, we are selfish beings. We tend to muck up God’s perfect will for our lives by not trusting him. We take the reigns of our lives and make our own decisions based on our feelings, our thinking our egos and our pride. This approach to life is usually against the will of God. We forfeit God’s perfect will for a revised perfect will. But each time we do that, we lose a little and gain what we don’t really want. We lose time being on our side to gain struggle; we lose our pride through the pain of failure (which we wouldn’t experience if we laid aside our pride) and and often gain a humiliation to our ego.

God does not want us to walk through the ups and downs of a rollercoaster discovery of His perfect will for our lives. Take a leason from Jonah and learn to enjoy the journey.

Jonah heard God’s perfect will quite clearly and didn’t want to follow it because of anger and pride. God, not one to be ignored, still fulfilled his will of saving a nation through Jonah, only Jonah had to struggle on his journey. His trip which would have been realatively easy, now included 3 days in the belly of a fish, and a 500 mile trek across the middle east.

God’s will is always going to happen, and when God calls upon us, it is to our benefit to trust first and ask questions afterward (although you might be wise to leave that last part off).

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