DVKnowing God's WillKnow His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law. —Romans 2:18How can you come to a better understanding of God's will?
When you are at the crossroads of life, how do you determine which is the right way to go?The law is our instructor—it teaches us God's will and enables us to explore the secrets of nature as well as the meaning of life. The law is a record of inspiration from God, and not a single sentence is based on human will. This we accept, not by scholarly rationale, but through faith and divine revelation.
Whoever knows God's will can discern between what is right and wrong, what is just and unjust. Proverbs 9:10 tells us, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." If we do not know God or His will for us, how can we have the wisdom to discern right from wrong? "'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' says the LORD" (Isa 55:8). Since God's thoughts are higher than human thoughts, His standard for right and wrong must also be higher as well.
God instructed Saul to annihilate all the Amalekites along with their belongings. Saul used his own standards and kept the best oxen and rams as sacrifices for God. Samuel told him, "To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams" (1 Sam 15:22). Our Lord Jesus told His disciples that He must suffer in Jerusalem and be beaten and killed. Peter said, "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to you." Jesus said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men" (Mt 16:22-23). God's will is very different from human thinking.
The Lord said, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge... Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children" (Hos 4:6). May God give us a heart that desires His laws. May He help us to have a more profound understanding of His divine will. Let none of us perish for lack of knowledge, for we must all remember God's law and glorify His name. Amen.