Dr. Allen Domelle
Judges 18:19 “And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?” Psalm 40:8 says, “I delight to do thy will, O my God…”
Discovering pleasure and fulfillment in life will only be found by living in God’s will. Many people have tried to find fulfillment and pleasure outside of God’s will, but the only thing they found was regret and heartache. No matter who you are and what your age is, doing God’s will is the secret to being at peace with yourself, enjoying life, and finding fulfillment at the end of life. However, there are several fallacies about God’s will about which you must beware.
First, God’s will is not based on influence. In the verse above, the children of Dan reasoned with a priest that it was better to be a priest to many than it was to be a priest for one. Knowing that the priest and the children of Dan were not living according to the Scriptures reveals that this mindset is wrong. God never bases His will on how much you will influence. This type of mindset would cause millions to never have a chance to get saved because many people live in small towns. You must be careful that you don't base God’s will on how much influence you will have because His will is not based on influence.
Second, God’s will is not based on proximity to family. When God called Abram, He told him to leave his country and kindred. The danger of basing God’s will on proximity to family is that you are placing your family above God, which is nothing short of idolatry. God’s will often calls you away from family because He wants you to depend on Him and not on the influence and support of what family can do for you.
Third, God’s will is not based on money. Many people have taken a job because they could make more money only to find that the job pulled them away from a good church and God’s will. You must remember that God promises in Philippians 4:19 to “supply all your need.” Just because you can make more money doesn't mean it is God’s will. God is very capable of caring for the finances. I am not saying that God’s will always keeps you from making money, but you must be careful never to base His will on money.
Fourth, God’s will is not based on position. Balaam mistakenly did something because he thought he would be promoted to honor. Just because a higher position is offered doesn't make it God’s will. God is very capable of promoting you to honor without the help of man. Look at how Daniel and Joseph were promoted without man’s help. If you base God’s will on position, the Devil will be sure to find a position you can hold that will keep you from doing God’s will.
Christian, God’s will is based on two things. First, God’s will is based on His Word. Whatever God’s will is for your life, it will never cause you to live contradictory to the Scriptures. Second, God’s will always challenges your faith. You will always find that when God calls you to do something, it always causes you to have to step out by faith. If whatever you feel is God’s will doesn't challenge your faith, or it forces you to disobey the Scriptures, you can be assured that it isn’t God’s will. Don't fall for the fallacies of God’s will, but let the Holy Spirit guide you to God’s will through the Scriptures and faith.
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley