How Do We Accept God’s Will?

God’s will for us is to commit our lives to Christ and follow Him. God’s will also is that we avoid sin.

– Billy Graham.

Understanding and knowing God’s will is at times confusing. Especially when we do not ground ourselves with His words and teachings. My husband and I find ourselves more often than not in situations when we wonder what God has planned for us. Decisions about our family and life in the future. But at the end of the day, we go back to what we know. And that is contemplating on God’s words for guidance and strength to face the uncertainty of life. Moreover, to seek His will, not for our comfort, but His purpose for us. And the acceptance of God’s will is brought about by the moving of the Holy Spirit.

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of 1st Samuel 3:17-18. Please, read our recent devotional from the Letter of Pau; to the Galatians 5:22-23: The Role Of The Fruits Of The Spirit In Our Lives

Eli’s acceptance of God’s will

Eli has accepted God’s will even if the will of God was the death of his sons. In verses 17 and 18, we read when Samuel received a vision from God on what will happen to Eli’s sons. Eli has served the Lord God as a High Priest and Judge. Moreover, his sons served in the temple of Jehovah. 

John MacArthur wrote, Eli resigned himself to divine sovereignty, without reluctance. A good example for us to follow. And the best example of submission to God’s will is Jesus Christ. 

Our acceptance to God’s will

How do you accept God’s will in your life? Tough question, eh? Our responses always vary, depending on what we perceive God’s will for us is. When we receive blessings, we are grateful. However, when we receive challenges and sufferings, what are our reactions? Are we that accepting to those? 

Jesus taught us to include in our prayers, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). And Paul reminds us to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Therefore, let us follow these reminders and keep in mind that God does what is according to His will for His glory and our good. 

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. How do you accept God’s will in your life? 
  2. Do you find it easy to be receptive to anything life throws at you?
  3. What were your reactions to your life struggles?
  4. How about for the blessings you receive?
  5. Is it God’s will for you to accept Jesus Christ, His Son? Accept Jesus Now.

Prayer

Everlasting God, when our Lord Jesus prayed in the garden, He accepted the suffering that awaited Him, according to Your will. Although Your will is good, we know that it is sometimes necessary to suffer for the sake of others. O Lord, give us the courage and fortitude to accept Your will in our life – even when doing so will demand dearly of us. To follow Your Son is to carry our cross. Amen.
(from Crosswalk.com)

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