Knowing God's Will
Posted: Friday, August 25
1 Corinthians 16:1-24
Verse of the day:
Perhaps I will stay awhile with you, possibly all winter, and then you can send me on my way to my next destination. This time I don’t want to make just a short visit and then go right on. I want to come and stay awhile, if the Lord will let me. (1 Corinthians 16:6-7)
How do we know what God wants us to do?
Many believe if you're a follower of Jesus, God will show you exactly what he wants you to do. There will be no doubt in your mind and you will be one hundred percent sure of God’s will.
If anybody in scripture is going to understand what God wants, it's got to be the Apostle Paul, right? He had supernatural encounters, wrote the majority of the New Testament and started churches all over. If God's going to give anyone insight, it's the Apostle Paul.
In 1 Corinthians 16 we get a detailed look at Paul's understanding of what is coming in the future. He wants to visit the church in Corinth. He doesn’t know when he’ll visit or for how long. He uses words like perhaps, possibly, and if.
Paul didn’t know all the details of his future yet he served God in a very effective manner.
If you feel a little bit like Paul, take comfort in this.
God doesn't always show us the future.
God doesn't show us the details.
Man makes plans in his heart, but the Lord determines the steps.
I don’t know what God wants me to do in 3 years, but I have heard from Him on what He wants me to do within the next 3 weeks. So if I’m going to be in God’s will 3 years from now I need to walk in obedience over the next few weeks.