Where There’s A Will…
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
There’s no shortage of Christian teachings out in the world today on finding our purpose. In fact, I am pretty certain it’s one of the more popular teachings. Everyone wants to know what God ‘s will is for their life. We all want to know if God has a plan for us. Some of us might even think God owes us something. As if God should be so happy we serve and follow Him, that He should simply shower our lives with all the things we ask for.
Whatever type of demeanor we approach God with, more often than not, we all truly want to know “if” God “really” has a plan for us.
Judges 6:12 “And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor.”
Gideon’s story is often used as a story of inspiration. However, there is usually a huge aspect missing from most of the teachings on Gideon, and that is, he lacked faith in God. We have just read that the Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and assured him that the Lord was with him. Gideon begins to question the Angel to suggest that if the Lord is really near, why is there so much destruction in Israel? In other words, Gideon was stalling. He was questioning his ability as a servant for God.
The Lord then tells Gideon “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Judges 6:14
Again, the Lord is assuring him that even though Gideon might feel inadequate, He would use Gideon to deliver Israel. Gideon again questions his ability in Judges 6:15, and again, God assures him that He would be with him, Judges 6:16.
Then Gideon asks the Lord for a sign of His faithfulness, Judges 6:17. Throughout Judges 6:28-33, the Lord continues to assure Gideon that He would be with him. Finally, before the actual conquest, Gideon destroys the Altar of Baal as the Spirit of God had come upon him. He saw success as God had promised.
However…Gideon then asked God for another sign to know if God would truly be with him to save Israel.
Judges 6:36-37 “So Gideon said to God, If you will save Israel by my hand as You have said, look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand.”
This verse is often taught that we should seek a physical sign from God for assurance of His direct will for our lives. As we have just examined, God told Gideon several times that he would deliver Israel and that God would be with him. This verse is often used as an example of zeal to seek a physical sign from God, when in reality, this verse really shows the weak faith Gideon had. God did in fact honor this particular request from Gideon, but it’s one of the only examples in the Bible where “fleece” was used for a physical sign from God. Thankfully, for Gideon’s sake, God was very patient with him.
In the same way, God is very patient with us. We are so concerned with God’s will for our lives, yet have we ever stopped to wonder that maybe God has already given us His will.
When we think of God’s will we often think of a “calling” like our vocation. Will I be a lawyer? Will I become a teacher? Will I become a writer, a banker, an actress? What is God’s will for me?
How wrong we are!
God gave us His will a long time ago, in The Ten Commandments. That’s His will for our lives. Our so-called “calling” or vocation should be aligned with The Ten Commandments.
Let’s look at The Ten Commandments to see if we are living out God’s will;
- Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me.
- Thou Shalt Not Worship Any Graven Image.
- Thou Shalt Not Take God’s Name in Vain.
- Remember The Sabbath To Keep It Holy.
- Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill.
- Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery.
- Thou Shalt Not Steal.
- Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness.
- Thou Shalt Not Covet.
You can look at this list and ask yourself if your life lines up with what God has commanded. If His “will” for your life does not resemble this list, then you already know the answer. We need not seek physical signs from God, on a regular basis, when He has given us His Word to follow.
Let’s say you’ve been presented with two new job opportunities. In your mind they are both from God, so you think you need a physical sign from God to choose the best option. However, I am willing to bet that if you are praying and have put both jobs up against The Ten Commandments, one of them will fall short. It might not be the one you want to fall short, but, no less, one will not be aligned with God’s will. One might keep you from honoring the Sabbath, but it pays well. Or one might give you the status and prestige you desire (which falls under coveting). One company might be embezzling money. You might say it’s not your fault if you aren’t aware of dishonest behavior from a potential employer. (Ignorance is not an excuse Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished”.) Again, if you are living your life aligned with The Ten Commandments, the Lord will make things known to you.
We need to be an army of women who aren’t striving to find purpose at every corner. Most of the “Christian” teachings that focuses heavily on finding a purpose is really motivational speaking in the name of Jesus. God has given us a directive for the will and purpose He expects. We are to adhere to His Commandments. We are to disciple, make disciples, and share the Gospel. If whatever you’re doing in your life lacks these godly instructions, then it is not God’s will or purpose for your life.
Gideon knew God’s will, but lacked faith.
Do you want to know your “calling” and your purpose?
Seek first the Kingdom of God…
And in doing so, God will be with you.