UNDERSTANDING GOD'S WILL FOR AN EXCELLENT RELATIONSHIP .?
"For whoever does the things God wills is My brother and sister and mother!" MARK 3.35 AMP
The Greek word " thelema " which means "a determination (properly, the thing), i.e. (actively) choice (specially, purpose, decree; abstractly, volition) or (passively) inclination:-- desire, pleasure.
God's ways are not our ways. As He reminds us in Isaiah 55:8-9 ;
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For
as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My
thoughts than your thoughts.
This is simply saying that God's ways of doing things are often completely opposite to
what we would do, and thus, can be very confusing to our own rational and logical mind.
In 1 Peter 4:2 , it tells us that we are to "live the rest of [the] time... [no longer for] the lusts
of men, but to the will of God." The question is: How can we live according to God's will unless we know what it is?
The Bible, reveals four different aspects to God's Will: which could be safely categorised as :
1) His Sovereign Will - God's ultimate redemptive goals and purposes that are often hidden from mankind.
2) His Revealed Will - God's will already disclosed through His Word, the Bible.
3) His Will For Humanity- Salvation: union with Christ and thus, freedom from sin.
4) His Will For Believers - Sanctification: purification of the body, soul and spirit.
Understanding what the will of God for us eliminates what setbacks we may encounter during our times of trials and temptations.
God Sovereign Will
(His ultimate redemptive goals and purposes)
Ephesians 1:9-10 says;
Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in
Himself; That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which
are in heaven, and which are on earth: even in Him.
This Scripture tells us that God's sovereign will is not only "a mystery," but also the redemption of all things. In other
words, mankind does not understand how God is guiding the universe and the human race toward His ultimate goals.
Thus, much of God's sovereign will is still a mystery and hidden from us.
A case in study is Samsons passion for women of less virtue as revealed in scriptures . We see God's military strategy to legally bring down the Philistines through what the ignorant may have termed samsons excesses. Judges 14:3-4 MSG
"His parents said to him, “Isn’t there a woman among the girls in the neighborhood of our people? Do you have to go get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the one I want—she’s the right one.” (His father and mother had no idea that God was behind this, that he was arranging an opportunity against the Philistines. At the time the Philistines lorded it over Israel.)"
Could some marriages be like that of Samson, though not popular to many but strategic in bringing the manifestation and fulfillment of God's purpose for a particular people.?