Walk in Wisdom – Part III
Last week, we stayed in verse 17 of Ephesians where it gave us the mandate to not be unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is. The Greek word is aphron which means mindless or stupid. Not to be ignorant. In other words, don’t go about things without thinking about them. Don’t go about things without knowing about them when it’s possible for to be known. There is no reason for the Christian to be stupid in matters of the will of the Lord.
For the people of God, the opposite pole is to be embraced. Instead of being mindless, stupid, and/or ignorant, we are told be understanding. To comprehend. It is laying out a pattern of living based on a pattern of thinking. Our patterns of thinking shape our pattern of being (Proverbs 23:7). What we have in our minds determines what we can be in our lives and most often does.
The object of our understanding should be the will of God and God’s revealed will is our inheritance. God’s revealed will is our possession (Deuteronomy 29:29). It says that we know the way in which history is moving. It is not to say that we know the inner working of everything in our lives for that is the purview of God alone and is none of our business. If God decides to let us in on what He is doing, praise God. If He decides He doesn’t praise God.
We live every day with the responsibility to be understanding about the Lord’s will. Every decision that we make should be made in awareness of that truth. Our decisions, thoughts, speech, and actions are testaments to the world of what is the will of God.
This is only possible for someone who is in the Lord because they have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to be able to do those things which normal, natural man cannot do. The Christian is a supernatural creature because the Christian is in Christ. The Christian should be guided by a supernatural impetus based on a supernatural foundation. That impetus is the Holy Spirit and that supernatural foundation is the word of the living God. Therefore, God’s will is His word.
We are to live by faith and that faith is based on the word of God alone. When Christians inquire about God’s will, they want to know things like, “Should I marry a particular person?”, “Should I take a particular job?” “Should I go in this direction for a particular aspect of business?” These are not evil in and of themselves but they can turn into being so when our motive is not based on faith in Christ. In other words, when we don’t look to the word of God to guide us in the decisions that we have to make in our lives and having done all that put the unforeseen results into the hand of God, it then becomes an act of faithlessness and sin.
We do not have to be ignorant when it comes to the will of God. The Bible has laid out specific details for His will concerning His people. Last week, we listed some of the specific things listed in Scripture that are tied directly to the will of God. They were:
God’s will is for us to be saved. (Galatians 1:4)
God’s will is for us to please Him. (Philippians 2:13)
God’s will is for us to be sanctified. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
God’s will is for us to be thankful. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
God’s will is for us to do well and silence the foolish. (1 Peter 2:15)
This is not an all encompassing list but one by where if we focus on being these things, the details largely become arbitrary.
This week we’re going to move in the direction of our state of being and how it ties to our call to Walk In Wisdom.
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