Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
“Which door will she choose? Will it be door #1? Or door #2?”
You’ve heard the game show hosts shout these words to the audience. You scream at the TV, “Pick door #1! Pick door #1!” You don’t know what is behind either door, but you take a chance on choosing one of them.
I have been considering what following the will of God is and recently I discovered that knowing the will of God in your life is probably more about BEING than doing. He has given us so much Scripture to follow. If we started with just this verse above (rejoicing, praying, being thankful), we would be in God’s will no matter where we ended up.
But another idea came to me while I was listening to a preacher on the radio the other day. I heard him mention his thoughts about door #2. Have you ever felt like you obeyed God in a situation and before long it totally fell apart? Have you ever thought that you must not be “in God’s will” if all this happened? Maybe you have thought that perhaps you weren’t “in God’s Will” if your husband has died? Maybe if you had married that OTHER fellow, you would still have a husband. Or if you had married a “better Christian” you would still be married?
What encouraged me was his statement that sometimes God leads a person through door #1 in order to get them to door #2. Door #1 wasn’t a mistake if you entered it through obedience and prayer. It may not have worked out AS YOU WOULD HAVE LIKED. But door #1 can lead to door #2 in God’s sovereign way.
The secret is your inward willingness to obey as God reveals it.
That inward willingness to obey God can get tough sometimes. We fight it because we think we know a better way. We have a better plan. We’ve got this figured out.
The Apostle Paul certainly went through a lot while he was doing God’s will. Beatings. Shipwrecks. Starvation. Friends leaving him. A thorn in the flesh.
Why do I think following God’s will in my life will be all rainbows and lollipops and unicorns?
Life is hard.
I forget that my life isn’t a Hollywood script of Pollyanna.
It is about maturing my faith.
Living out the fruit of the Spirit everyday.
Reading God’s Word and trying to apply it to my life.
What doors have you traveled through? In one scenario, my door #1 was marrying my husband but here I am looking for door #2. Could writing at A Widow’s Might be door #2? Some think that door #2 must be another marriage. It could be for some but not for others. Door #2 could be a new career, or an undiscovered talent, or travels, or even becoming the Publishing Director of a ministry.
Think about your future and where your door into widowhood is leading you. It may not be where you expected it to be. We all know that feeling. But challengeyourself, “God, help me to see with Your eyes.” Look expectantly at the future. Have you been able to encourage other ladies because of your similar experiences? That is a door. Have you been able to serve in a different capacity because of your being single again? That could be a door. Have your children been able to empathize with their friends from divorced homes because now they understand the life with a single mother? That could be their door.
Next time someone asks you, “How do I know what God’s will is for my life?” You can answer with these verses. It is about following Scripture no matter where you end up. So keep rejoicing and praying, then go through door #2 with confidence and obedience.
Lord God, help me rejoice today and be grateful. Show me how to pray continually in my day. I want to do Your will so thank You for showing me Your will in Scripture. Give me opportunities to share Your will with ones I come in contact with this week. Amen