God’s permissive will is fundamentally found in the realization that even though God has a plan it does not mean He is the cause of everything that happens. Some things He allows to happen. Some occurrences are man made others are demonic in their origin. The ancient writer Job is quoted:
Another aspect of His permissive will is found His patience with evildoers. Some want immediate revenge whereas God waits in the hope that all would repent. You know the immediate revenge you want when somebody does you wrong…Fortunately for us, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).” One thing for certain is God’s perfect will supersedes His permissive will. Another unique aspect of God’s will is that God can even use our sins to accomplish His purposes.
Is Jesus calling us to re-evaluate how we are spending our time, our lives and our careers? Is Jesus challenging us to break down what we do for a living and what we do to serve God? Is he crying out to us to use our time, talents and treasures for more than business building and wealth creation? We certainly can serve God wherever we are but we must be diligent in our search to discover God’s will.
Discovering God’s Will
The million-dollar question is how God reveals His will. Scriptures identify many commands and directives. Scripture shows us right and wrong behaviors. Scripture also discloses to us many unconventional ways that God reveals His will. The bible lists numerous miraculous events…
- The parting of the Red Sea
- Gideon’s fleece
- The raising of Lazurus from the dead
- God often uses testimonies to glorify His will…
- Bringing Hope to the single mom
- Delivering a drug addict
- Purifying a prostitute
Another delivery system of God’s will is visions and dreams. Abraham, Joseph, and Peter all received a vision to clarify God’s will for their life. Lastly, God may give direct revelation. This is tricky for the simple reason that too many think they hear directly from God while never holding firm to biblical authority. God’s method of operation consists of Him speaking directly to prophets who in turn gave the message to people.
God’s Will and Biblical Authority
Simply put, a person who indicates they are following God’s will must be under proper authority. Questions like who are you submitted under, have you been discipled by a Pastor, and are you in right standing with a church body must have the appropriate answer. If one suggest they understand God’s will but answer NO to the aforementioned questions, listen politely and walk away.