Developing the Desire to Do God’s Will
By Rick Warren
— May 22, 2011
Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way? John 14:5 (NIV)
Am I willing to decide, in advance, that I will do what God asks me to do, no matter what it is? Or do I say, "God, show me the whole plan, wait for me to understand, and then I'll decide whether or not to do what you ask"?
Do you realize that when you’re not obedient to Jesus, you’re fighting against what is best for you? You’re fighting against God’s purpose for your life.
Part of the strength God gives you to “do all things through him” is the ability to choose to do his will, even before you know the full implications of what that means. He will begin to change your desire, developing within you more and more of a “want” to do his will.
Am I willing to decide, in advance, that I will do what God asks me to do, no matter what it is? Am I abandoned to him and his will, believing he will strengthen me to do all the things he asks? Or do I behave as if I believe I am the final judge of what is best for my life: “God, show me the whole plan, wait for me to understand, and then I’ll decide whether or not to do what you ask”?
The Good News is that, even if you’re not ready for immediate obedience, God will give you strength to be honest with him. He already knows about your hesitancy, so he won’t be surprised by prayerful confessions, such as, “Father, I’m not sure I’m ready to do your will. I don’t know if I want to do it or not.”
Yet God is gracious and patient. Tell him, “I don’t know that I’m willing to step out in faith without first knowing everything that’s going to happen, but I’m willing to be made willing.”
This devotional is by Jon Walker, editor of the Daily Hope Devotionals and author of Costly Grace. Rick Warren says Costly Grace “may be one of the most important books published during this time of economic uncertainty and world turmoil.”
Pastor Rick is leading us through a series on parenting right now, and we thought you’d be interested in this new curriculum at Saddleback Resources: Raising Your Kids without Raising Your Blood Pressure.