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God’s will for you

1 November 2022 ‘Whoever does the will of God lives forever.’ 1 John 2:17 NIV

God has a plan for your life – that’s His ‘will’ for you. One of the things that should matter most to us is doing God’s will. So how can we get to know God’s will? Try imagining these two things: 1) A jigsaw puzzle. You tip the pieces onto the table, and at first, it’s nothing more than a jumble of shapes and colours that don’t seem to make any sense. But as you begin to work piece by piece and see more and more connections, the picture gradually becomes clearer. That’s like God’s will. ‘The way of the good person is like the light of dawn, growing brighter and brighter until full daylight. But the wicked walk around in the dark; they can’t even see what makes them stumble. My child, pay attention to my words; listen closely to what I say. Don’t ever forget my words; keep them always in mind. They are the key to life for those who find them; they bring health to the whole body’ (Proverbs 4:18-22 NCV). 2) A scroll. We’d love to know every detail of God’s plan. But if He showed us His entire will for our lives in one go, we’d be overwhelmed. So, like He’s unravelling an old-fashioned scroll, God reveals His will little by little as we mature and grow and are better equipped to handle the next part. It’s God’s will, so we’ll need His power to fulfil it, along with the assurance of His presence. He promises this in His Word: ‘God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns’ (Philippians 1:6 CEV).

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