1 John 4:7-11 – “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” NASB
Let me begin by addressing two things: Love is ‘from’ God and GOD ‘is’ Love! That is important and possibly more important than one would comprehend at first glance. God doesn’t have love He is love. I may have water but I am not water. I may have money but I am not money. God, on the other hand, IS Love! If God IS love, and love IS from God, and I say I Know God…. (Know) – Not know about but the word means to know intimately and personally. It is to penetrate! So, if I say I Know God then I am saying I have penetrated God or entered into an intimate personal relationship with Him. It is then and only then that I truly LOVE! The mark of a Christian is LOVE!
I find it most interesting and often frustrating that many Christians are overly obsessed with discovering the will of God for their lives. While that is good and something that every believer should desire to know the approach and mindset can be incredibly frustrating. So many have adopted the mindset that the Will of God could never be obvious! Heaven forbid! God would never tell you to do the obvious, right? Oh no, He surely will always tell you to do something that is out of the ordinary and even unexpected because that way you will know it is God.
For example, God would never tell you to minister to your neighbor that would be too obvious and logical. He will send you to the bush of Africa (nothing wrong with that) but why do we feel that He would not desire, as His will, for us to do something obvious? Some seem to have the idea that if it is something they do not want to do then that is what God wants. Really?
Where did we get the idea that God is always determined to make us do something we do not want to do? Is that God? Some have a picture or image of God that He is always weird and never on our side. We have the idea that if we say, “I don’t want to go there or do that,” then you can bet your booties that is exactly what God will want you to do. We become so concerned with the minute and frivolous details that we miss the Big Picture and the purposes of God for our lives. Some spend so much time seeking to know the will of God that they never get around to doing it.
Let me clear something up – – Before God reveals His will on you He prepares your heart! He instills in you a ‘want to’ and then asks, “Would you like to?” That’s how God operates. He is not trying to inflict pain and force you to do things you do not want to do. God is not weird. So often the will of God for my life is simply what my heart has been crying out to do. It is not a struggle to know the will of God unless we try to complicate it with our insistence on knowing every detail of what we are to do before we do anything. So much of the time is it simply Follow Your Heart! God has already conditioned your heart for what He desires!
Please know that if you are ‘in’ Him and He is ‘in’ you then you do not have to struggle with knowing His will it is in your heart! Do not let the devil weigh you down with the minute details and miss the opportunity and blessing of doing what God has and is preparing you to do! Simply ask, ‘What is in my heart?’
May God be with you as you go through your day!