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Barriers to knowing God’s will

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It’s foolish to go through life without a clue. Fortunately, God doesn’t play games with us

“Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (Ephesians 5:17 NLT)

Every day, I talk to people who say, “If there is a God and He allowed me to be born and I’m still alive, what is His plan for me? Why am I here, and what am I supposed to be doing? How do I find out God’s will for me so I don’t waste my life?”

The Bible says: “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like ignorant people, but like wise people. Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. Don’t be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do” (Ephesians 5:15–17 TEV).

It’s wise to figure out why I was put on Earth. It’s foolish to go through life without a clue. Fortunately, God doesn’t play games with us. He wants us to understand His will for our lives.

When we look toward the wrong things, we create barriers to discovering God’s will. For instance:

God’s will is not about a feeling. God’s plan for your life is not discovered through some emotional sensation. His plan for your life is practical, not mystical.

God’s will is not about a formula. God’s will is not some step-by-step procedure that you rigidly follow through life. Life just isn’t that simple! You need more than a formula.

Here’s the key: God’s will for your life begins with a friendship. God is far more interested in having you establish a relationship with Him than He is interested in having you follow a set of rules. 

First and foremost, God wants you to get to know Him, like He already knows you.

Once this relationship is established, everything else — career, family, goals, recreation, ambitions, finances, health, and friendships — will begin to fall into their proper place.

In this 2019, God is more interested in having you as friend. He wants you to draw more closely to Him.

As election is fast approaching, if the politicians and Nigerians will be closer to God, and understand what His purposes are, killings, vote buying during election, intimidations, economic hardship, violence, infrastructural decay and lack of respect to the rule of law will stop.

Knowing God’s will, however, is not as important as doing God’s will. May I end this edition by reflecting on the Methodist Church Nigeria’s Conference theme for 2019, which says, “Obedience to God’s will is better than Scarface”.

• Rt. Rev. Dr. Udo Nmerengini; The Bishop of Agbani Diocese


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