March 28 Day 88
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“If I have found grace in Thy sight, show me now Thy way that I may know Thee.” – Moses to God – Exodus 33:13
When You Want to Know God’s Will in Your Life
Photo Credit: Robert Salmon – Ship in Storm – Wikimedia Commons.wikimedia.org
One night the famous Bible teacher F.B. Meyer stood on the deck of a ship approaching land. As the captain guided the vessel in, he wondered how the crew knew when to safely steer towards the dock. It was a stormy night, and visibility was low. F. B. Meyer, standing on the bridge and peering through the window, asked; “Captain, “How do you know when to turn this ship into that narrow harbor?”
“That’s an art,” replied the captain. Do you see those three red lights on the shore? When they are all in a straight line, I go right in!”
Later, F.B Meyer wrote, “When we want to know God’s will, there are three things which always need to line up, (1) the inward impulse, (2) the Word of God, and (3) the trend of circumstances. Never act until these three things agree.”
I think one of the most asked questions today by Christians is “How do I know God’s will for my life?”
You will go through many times in your life when your circumstances don’t seem to line up or make sense to you. When you are discouraged, never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light. There are certain truths you know to be right that God has shown you throughout your life, but often when faced with a time of darkness, we doubt these truths. When seeking God’s will for your life, always keep this in mind. The Bible teaches us not to “lean on our own understanding.” (Pr 3:5). Our God see’s us from an Eternal perspective. He knows what you need in your present storm.
This is where most of us get in trouble. Fear often grips us and demands that we make sense of everything right now. When God is teaching us something through a trial or suffering our answers may not be known until He reveals His purpose at the end of your difficult season. My experience with God is that He likes to work outside of our own understanding as he molds and shapes our lives into the person He created us to be. He has Eternal reasons for our sufferings in this life.
I like F.B. Meyer’s advice on seeking God’s will. Examine your inward impulses, seek the Word of God on the subject, and examine the circumstances that are outside of your control to see where your control ends and where His leading begins. Leonard Ravenhill liked to say, “Trust and obey, or rust and decay.” When you are seeking to know God’s will in your present suffering remember that F. B. Meyer is telling us that we should do what we can control, trust God, and He will take care of the rest.
The sufferings of this life will build your faith in God. Embrace these times of struggle in your life. They will stretch you and strengthen you for the even darker times that are coming upon the earth before our Lord’s return.
Frederick Brotherton Meyer (1847-1929), Christian Author, Baptist Preacher and Evangelist was a contemporary and friend of D. L. Moody, in England where he was involved in inner city mission work on both sides of the Atlantic.
Words to Think About…
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“I try to gather all the information and all the facts that are involved in a decision, and then weigh them up and pray them over in the Lord’s presence, and trust the Holy Spirit to sway my mind in the direction of God’s will. And God generally guides by presenting reasons to my soul for acting in a certain way.” – J. Oswald Sanders
The Chinese Christian, Christina Tsai, suffered from a debilitating disease much of her life. In her book, Queen of the Dark Chamber, are written these words, “Once a great scholar in China said, ‘A sage seeks opportunities in difficulties, and a fool finds difficulties in opportunities.’ We are born to overcome difficulties through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“There is no sin [unchastity] which will sooner bring about a nation’s fall. If history teaches anything, it teaches that sensual indulgence is the surest way to national ruin. Society, in not condemning this sin, condemns itself.” – F. B. Meyer