Updated: Mar 29
Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”
Daniel 12:4 seems to say that as knowledge increases in these Last Days, people will live their lives in a frenzied and frantic hurry.
We can obtain volumes of information in an instant, we can fly at or near the speed-of-sound getting where we are going in an instant. Life is all about getting what we want, and getting it right now!
Even in our churches, we are told to “say this little prayer, invite Jesus into your heart”, and PRESTO! You are now a Christian.
But, is this how it works?
God’s will for your life is to save you by His grace and through your faith in Christ Jesus.
God’s Will for your life is to see you grow and mature in His grace and to become holy as He is holy.
God’s Will for your life is for you to have in you the same attitude which is in Christ Jesus.
Jesus’ Will for your life is for you to do the works He is doing and greater works than those, because He has gone to the Father.
All of these things, and more, are accomplished over time, through the processes of trusting God, obeying His Will and sanctification, the process of making or becoming holy, set apart, consecrated for God’s use. But, work won’t be completed instantly.
Interestingly, the majority of the references to “in an instant” in the Bible are about pride, destruction or the “rapture”:
Luke 4:5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
Proverbs 6:15 But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.
Jeremiah 4:20 Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins. In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.
1 Corinthians 15:52 in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
There is nothing instant about obtaining Holiness, developing a Godly character, being made into the image of Christ or even working out one’s salvation, which we must “work out with fear and trembling”.
Which brings me to the point: To obtain the Character and the Promises of God we must trust the Processes of God.
It is recognizing and continually doing God’s Will in the course of my life that determines the outcome of His Will for my life. (Please, read that again).
God’s Will for my life doesn’t just kick in when things get tough or when I need something. God’s Will for my life is a constant.
*There are four instances of the twenty-five occurrences of the phrase “God’s Will” from the Bible where the Bible clearly explains God’s Will:
1 Peter 2:15 “For such is the will of God, that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.”
Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
1Thessalonians 4:3 “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Do you want to the see the power of God’s Word and His Spirit work for good in your life? Does using these four verses sound too simple? Well, you can expand on these verses. But, just try these for a start.
RENEW YOUR MIND TO THAT WHICH IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT
ABSTAIN FROM SEXUAL IMMORALITY.
IN EVERYTHING, GIVE THANKS
Interesting, huh? God’s Will produces a life that is RIGHT, GOOD, ACCEPTABLE, PERFECT and produces THANKSGIVING. Isn’t that what you want for every circumstance in your life?
Think about it. In fact, dwell on these things, and you’ll never be the same again.
Your Brother and Friend,