The Will of God
June 20, 2007
A common idea about God that is taught in churches is that God will work in your favor if you “keep the faith.” It is almost a mantra in the Christian tradition. However, another mantra that is just as common is that we can’t always get what we want and we must live our lives according to “The Will of God.” This seems a little paradoxical. How can we expect God to work in our favor and at the same time say that God works according to God’s own Will? Are we implying that the Will of God is to fulfill our every desire? That sounds nice on the surface, but what happens when two Christians want to win the grand prize drawing of a raffle? Or what if one wants all of their bills to be paid without having to work? Or what if one wanted everyone who doesn’t follow their personal beliefs to burn in Hell? Are these situations justifiable? Absolutely not. God is not our personal genie.
That is not to say that God can’t and won’t work in our favor, however. The thing is, we often assume that by God working in our favor God is doing what we want, when we want it to be done. We must realize that the Will of God is for all things to be reconnected to God. Therefore, God will work in your life in such a way that you and everything around you will be connected to God. That is how God works in your favor. God’s presence is always around. God is always speaking to you. God’s favor is not about always getting what you want. God’s favor is having the security of God’s presence in every aspect of life, even when it seems like things aren’t going your way.
Br. Ashton J. Reynolds, OPC