Shepherd Daily Devotional – Understanding God’s Will – Part 2

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Titus 3:14

Each time God’s will is mentioned in the Bible, it is either referring to God’s word or God’s purposes. While we can interpret the will of God as those instructions contained in the Scriptures, God’s will also means His plans for us. For instance, in Hebrews 10:9, we are told that when Jesus came into the world, He said to the Father, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” The will of God in this context means God’s plan for Jesus. So by dying on the cross, Jesus fulfilled God’s will. On the other hand, when David said, “I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8), he was referring to the word of God that is written in the scriptures. So when we do what the scriptures say, we are doing God’s will. At the same, God’s will is fulfilled when we do what He wants us to do on earth.

It is important for us to know that God’s will – whether it is the word in the Bible or God’s plan for us, is important. Fulfilling God’s plan for us is as important as doing what is written in the Bible. God does not expect us to follow what is written in the Bible, become holy and then do nothing until we die. In other words, we are not supposed to become holy for the sake of heaven alone. In the same way, God does not expect us to focus on fulfilling our purpose while we ignore the instructions in the Bible. As Christians, we expected to do what is written in the Bible and fulfill our life’s assignment at the same time. It is only when we do that we can truly become sons of God.

Prayer: Dear Lord, reveal your purpose for me. Amen.

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: 1 John 2:17; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Titus 3:1

Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.