Article written by Pastor Tan Kok Beng

27 January, 2023

(Christian Living 9)

The Apostle Paul exhorted the believers thus: “Do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Eph.5:17). He also said that “God’s will is good, pleasing and perfect” (Rom.12:2). Walking in God’s will is the best that we can ever be, as it will bring us joy, peace, fulfilment, satisfaction and victory in our Christian life.

Why then are there so many Christians who are “scared” seeking God’s will for their lives? Is ecause they are afraid God may want them to give up everything and to be missionaries? Even if that may be so, still we need to believe that would be the best for us. That’s because God has promised us that in Jeremiah 29:11: “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

As a young Christian, I was also scared of wanting to know God’s will for my life. I had plans of my own for a “successful” career that would make me rich. Through God’s dealing in my life, I finally surrendered to Him and told Him I was willing to do what He would show me, no matter what. Sure enough, God wanted me to be a missionary and live by faith. Since 1960, I have lived by faith till this day (2023). God is faithful and He proved Himself faithful in blessing me and providing for me and family and all the ministries He had given me. God will never leave us or forsake us but will always be with us, when we walk in obedience to His perfect will. “Faithful is He Who calls you; He also will do it” (1 Thess.5:24).

The highest example of One walking in God’s will is Jesus. He said, “My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me and to finish His work” (John 4:34). Jesus knew that when He offered up Himself to do the Father’s will, it would mean humiliation, rejection, hardship, suffering and even the death of a criminal. Yet, he found strength and grace in His Father and in the power of the Holy Spirit. He accomplished God’s will and was rewarded with many souls and His exaltation to the highest place at the Majesty on High.

The examples of the OT prophets and NT apostles and many of God’s servants in Church History should encourage us that doing and walking in God’s will result in being blessed and becoming a blessing to others. For myself, I am glad to have walked in His will all my life – no regrets. Yes, there were times of want, sacrifice and hardship but I have found fulfilment in life, fruitfulness in ministry and satisfaction in serving God. God has never let me down and He has always been faithful to His Word and promises. I would not change it if given another chance. God is good all the time because He is our loving Father and Faithful God.

If we want to discover God’s prefect will, it has to begin with surrendering our life to Him: “Present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and  cceptable to Him – this is your true spiritual worship. Do not conform to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will know what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will” (Ro.12:1,2). 

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