Oct 11, 2013

On Knowing the Will of God

 

An alert reader once offered me a copy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. One of the newspaper articles was a review by Jim Jones entitled To Know God’s Will is No Easy Thing. Jones discussed Chuck Swindoll’s book, The Mystery of God’s Will. After writing more that twenty-five books (many of them best sellers) Swindoll is a respected and trusted preacher. He also has a wide following through his nationally syndicated radio program Insights for Living. Clearly, Swindoll is a person listened to and highly regarded by many people in the United States and beyond.

I appreciated what Jones wrote about Swindoll’s book. In it Swindoll cautioned against what he termed “voodoo theology.” Jones wrote of Swindoll, “While he [Swindoll] doesn’t know all the answers, Swindoll says that God’s will is mainly revealed in searching the Bible and following God’s wisdom.” Swindoll goes on to say that, “Finding God’s will is a complex, mysterious endeavor. It requires wisdom, clear thinking, and old-fashioned common sense.”

It occurs to me that if faith is a lifelong proposition, then shouldn’t we have a God that takes AT LEAST a lifetime to explore and discover. Those who have a “blinding light” experience of God and then know all of God’s mysteries leave me cold. I am happy that they believe they have all knowledge of God cornered. But, as for me, I feel fortunate that I learn a little about God and other people each day. I suppose it gives me something to look forward to next week as God and I continue to get to know each other better and better—so to speak. I hope this trend continues for many years to come. After all, “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8). Perhaps there is a great deal about love and God we can still understand—and then practice.

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