You have probably recognized that the last few days I’ve been writing about some of the Ten Commandments.
- Murder and Hate (#6 – “You shall not murder”)
- Adultery (#7 – “You shall not commit adultery”)
- Coveting (#10 – “You shall not covet”)
- False Witness (#9 – “You shall not bear false witness”)
Using these as a representative sample of God’s commandments, what I want you to recognize today is that God’s will is reflected in His commandments. That is, if you want to know God’s will for your life, look to His commandments.
For some reason, when people today want “to know the will of God for their lives” they ask Him questions like, “God, do you want me to become a brain surgeon or a street car conductor?” Such people fail to see that what God wants us to do, He commands us to do. On other matters, we are at liberty.
But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
– James 1:25
So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
– James 2:12
When we pray each day, “Thy will be done,” we’re committing to keep His commandments that day.
Thus, “finding God’s will for our lives” is much simpler than most people think. It’s a matter of taking His commandments seriously. If you’re not keeping His commandments, it won’t make any difference whether you are a brain surgeon or a street car conductor.