Waiting on God's Will


David wanted to “hang out” until he knew God’s will. This was a heart that pleased God. Does that describe your heart?

From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, "Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?" 1 Samuel 22:3 NIV

David learned how to wait on God.

I like to illustrate God’s will with three circles; one small, encircled by a larger, which is encircled by a still larger circle. One circle, inside another circle, which is inside another circle. (A pastor friend of mine first gave me this illustration years ago and I have adapted it to my understanding.) Inside the smallest circle, I write the Individual Will of God. These are the things in life which God allows you and I lots of latitude in the decision. Do you want Fruit Loops or Cheerios for breakfast? What color car will you buy? Everything is important to God, but in some things God gives us choice.

In the middle circle, I write the moral will of God. This is that will of God for your life that determines what type of character you have. God ultimately wants you to be like Jesus in all that you do, so this is His moral will for your life. Included here are things like should you lie or should you tell the truth? This may be the way you treat those around you. Could you be within God’s moral will for your life, for instance, if you cheated on your wife? There is a definite moral will of God for your life, but you have say in whether you allow it to be. That is why I think this will of God is the most important for you to concentrate on each day. It will determine what your Christian character looks like.

Finally, in the largest circle (because it surrounds everything else) I write the Sovereign Will of God. This is God’s ultimate will. It will happen just as He wants it to happen. You cannot change it. It is Sovereign! An example of this will of God is your salvation. God said if you believe in Jesus and accept Him as your Savior you will be saved. Period! God said He will never “leave you nor forsake you.” That is His Sovereign will. Also, He said He would one day take us to Heaven if we are saved. It’s not going to change. (Praise God!)

David told the king he was going to wait until he understood God’s will for his life. This verse might be interpreted, “until I learn what God’s will is for me.” David wanted to “hang out” until he knew God’s will. This was a heart that pleased God. Does that describe your heart?

What is God’s Moral Will for your life? This is the one you can change, but God does want it for you? What are you doing to discover that will for your life? And, once you know it, what are you doing to bring it about?

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