“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind…That you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Ro 12:2 NKJV
The story is told of a man who lived on a beautiful farm. When he died, the property, which had been in the family for over 200 years, was sold to one of the neighbors. One day, the new owner was walking in a field when he noticed an odd-looking rock sticking out of the dirt. He took it home, washed it, and took it to a jewelry store. The jeweler confirmed what the owner already suspected. The old stone, which had been in the field for thousands of years, was a large, uncut emerald, and proved to be worth several million dollars. This gemstone had been in the field all along, waiting for someone to come along and discover it. Over the years, people had walked past it thousands of times and overlooked it, because it looked like nothing more than a common old garden rock. When we “discover” something, in actuality, we’re finding something that already exists even though we were unaware of it. Here’s the point: While many of us are seeking God’s will for our lives, often what we’re looking for is right under our nose but we keep searching because we don’t recognize it. To recognize a precious stone, you need to be familiar with its characteristics and know what to look for. Likewise, to recognize God’s will you must live by this Scripture: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” That calls for quality time reading your Bible, and talking with and listening to the Author.
For a redeemed child of God, nothing in life should be more important than discovering and doing His will. But you have four options:
- You can remain ignorant of it. Chances are this isn’t you, or you wouldn’t be reading this daily devotional right now. Clearly you have a desire to know God’s will for your life and He will help you find it (See lsa 30:21).
- You can know it and choose to disobey it. Jonah knew God’s will, but he ran from it and ended up in the biggest storm of his life. What was his problem? He didn’t like the assignment God gave him. is your problem that you know God’s will but you just don’t like it?
- You can know it but settle for less. The truth is you can sing in the choir and serve on the church board, yet deep in your heart know you’re settling for less than God’s will.
- You can settle for nothing less than God’s will. There are moments when God’s will seems too difficult, too prolonged, and too unrewarding. Your own ideas seem easier, quicker, and more enjoyable. In the end, you find that His plan was better than yours and there will never be an exception to this rule. So you may as well decide from now on to yield to God’s will, do things His way, and believe Him for His best. Today get down on your knees and say with the psalmist, “l delight to do Your will, O my God…Your law is within my heart” (Ps 40:8 NKJV).
Source: The Word for you Today – SuperChannel 55 – Orlando, FL, published on October 2 & 3, 2019, pp 21.