What is God’s will?

Jesus Christ, our Messiah, teaches us to pray “Thy will be done” (Matthew 6:10).

What is the will of God? Is it His will that His children make war against one another? Is it God’s will that we divorce a marriage? Does He care?

God wants things indeed. He is almighty (Genesis 17:1; Revelation 1:8) and whatever He wants will happen! Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen the way they do – but one day we will understand: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

Now, what is God’s will for this world and us humans?

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires [“will”, KJV] all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1. Timothy 2:3-4)

In accordance to this the apostle Paul says: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1. Thessalonians 4:3) and then he goes on to describe how we are to be married to one spouse only and not to commit adultery.

God wants us to be clean because His plan is to “purify for Himself His own special people” (Titus 2:14). Without cleanliness we won’t make it into His Kingdom, which is spiritual. This is why we are told that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1. Corinthians 15:50). Christ explained about the Kingdom: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:5-6).

Why does God want this for us? Paul explains what our goal is and what God expects (wants) from us: “…because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2. Thessalonians 2:13-14).

God’s desire is for us to be saved and for us to receive the glory which Christ has (…”we shall be like Him…”, see 1. John 3:2). Since God is without sin, He won’t allow us to be sinful when being in His Kingdom. God wants us to learn the necessary lessons here and now, for us to be clean and sinless in His Kingdom: “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God” (1. John 3:9).

Whatever God wants, He does (Job 23:13). God wants us to be clean and sinless. He wants us to be saved and with Him in His Kingdom. He will make this happen! This is His perfect will. As long as we pray “Thy will be done”, and earnestly mean it,  we allow God to work with us and decide what’s best for us.

When God therefore wants us to keep His Sabbath Days (Exodus 31:14), His Holy Days (Leviticus 23) and all of His commandments (Leviticus 22:31; Deuteronomy 6:17; Psalm 78:7; John 14:15; 1. John 5:3; Revelation 14:12), how could we not keep them?

When God says that in the future everybody will recognize the new moons (Isaiah 66:23) and His Holy Days (Zechariah 14:16), why do we ignore the signs in heaven and Holy Days today? God has set the lights in the firmament of heavens “for signs and seasons, and for days and years” (Genesis 1:14) so we can determine when to keep His Feasts. Was that God’s will from the beginning? Indeed, why else did he say it?

God wants us to be holy and clean. How are we holy and clean? By doing all of His will!

Let’s think about what His will is and what exactly God wants to see in us.

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