God’s will challenges our natural tendency to egocentrism and calls us to a theocentric perspective of life. We tend to harbor the illusion that the world revolves around us and our desires. After all, our experience is more real to us than anything else. This causes us to be skeptical and dismissive of what we do not experience. Tragically, this is our sin.
When we approach the will of God as a way of life, we live for God right where we are. We recognize that a concern for God’s will is not primarily about big events or future decisions. We discover that God’s will is about life in the present – in the big and the little events. This prevents us from using God’s will as an excuse for self-absorption.
A personal God is an offense to most people. Why? A personal God possesses a will and desires us to align our wills with God’s will. A personal God makes claims on our lives and invites our response of respect, surrender, faith, and love. Most people prefer an impersonal energy that makes no demands.
There is an old saying, “He who marries the spirit of the age is soon a widow.” We must know our times, but we must never be bound by our times. We become caught in the spirit of the age if we do not discern our times and commit to righteous living that accords with the transcendent dimension – the kingdom of God.
Life can be confusing. But in the midst of confusion, uncertainty, and complexity, there is one thing of which we can be sure: God causes all things to work together for our good. God is actively involved in all things in our lives and will not waste a single moment. Thus, every day offers the possibility of further progress in christlikeness for those willing to embrace God’s ultimate purpose.