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KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD
PART 4 OF 4
1. Knowing the Will of God through Circumstances and Counsel:
For by wise counsel you wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
While the Christian is to live above his circumstances, he is not to be unaware of them. God often works through circumstances in revealing His perfect will for us. Certainly Paul’s wonderful statement, “All things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28) takes into account our circumstances. A number of biblical examples can be given to illustrate this.
a. God directed Abraham to substitute a ram, whose horns had somehow become entangled in a thicket for the life of Isaac (Genesis 22:13)
b. God arranged for Pharaohâs daughter to be bathing in the river of the Nile at the exact moment Moses floated by in a little ark of bulrushes (Exodus 2:1-10).
c. Paul's young nephew happened to overhear a plot to kill his famous uncle. He then reported it to the authorities, thus saving the Apostles life (Acts 23:12-22). Surely, the circumstance listed in Acts 23:12-22 were providentially arranged. So the Christian should ask, when attempting to discover God's will, is the Lord showing me something through my circumstances? Counselors also play an important role in finding God's will. "In a multitude of counselors there is safety" (Prov. 24:6).
However, three things must be kept in the mind at this point:
1. Counsel must come from a godly source. "Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint" (Prov. 25:19).
2. Sometimes even the godliest person can unknowingly give us wrong advice. Nathan the Prophet did this when he encouraged David to build the temple (2 Samuel 7:1-13).
3. In the final analysis, each person is responsible for knowing God's revealed purpose for his own life.
I pray that this fourth and final look at knowing the will of God has helped you to understand a little clearer than before. I pray that you will be excited about what you have learned. Know that you are loved, valued, and appreciated, by God and by me.