Wanting the Will Of God

Trials have come so that your faith-–of greater worth than gold—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
- I PETER 1:7 [NIV]
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
- JAMES 1:12 [NIV]

For years we have prayed, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Yet when His will treads on self-will, we do not want it. His will is what we perfectly need. When it is His will for us to be disrespected, ignored, not comforted, rebuked, abused, or offended, do we rebel against it? Do we know that this, also, is His will?

We are very narrow in our thinking concerning the will of God when we think it only includes things we deem and define to be good. If the neighborhood bully continued to beat up our children, even killing one, and we as parents had the power, right, and authority to send the bully away, would we? God created Satan and could disassemble him. One day God will throw him in a lake of fire. Why is He waiting? Think about it. Why does He not destroy this bully? Is God permitting him for a very good reason? We are often guilty of fighting what God has permitted. In the wisdom of God, could it be the will of God? I am not saying that God created evil or sin, for they are results. However, He knew they would be the results. I do not know the mind of God, but I trust the will of God. If it is His will for me to have an enemy and live in a body of flesh, then I am prepared to accept it.

There is the story of the Korean fish market. One seller always had live, fresh fish; everyone else sold only dead fish. He sold more than anyone else. One day the secret was discovered. In his tank he kept a catfish, the enemy of all the other fish. They would swim around, staying alive and fresh, because their enemy harassed them. Well, amen.

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