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.

God’s Peace…

Br. Ashton J. Reynolds, OPC


One Response to “The Will of God”

  1. Micky said


    There was this King who ruled his kingdom for many years. His every desire was satisfied, but still he felt there must be more to life than just satisfying ones instincts. He wanted to experience God – know who he was.
    He asked his courtiers to find God for him, but none of them could help him. He had heard about a shepherd boy named David who seemed content with his lot. He called him to his palace and asked him, “Where is God, I want to experience, God”. David took him out to the fields and asked the King could he see God. The king said, “No, where is God”?
    David said that he is up in the air, all around him. But still the King could not understand or experience, God. David took him to a well and said that God was in the well. The King looked at David and said, “In the well, God is in the well!!” David asked the King to look in the well and the King obliged. He then said, “All I can see is water and my image”! David said to the King, “You have found God”! You and I are the image of God.
    Can you see God when you look in a mirror? The kingdom of God is within you!!
    Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you [Luke 17: 21].

    Peace Be With You

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