Follow God’s Will: 4 Important Truths to Remember

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It’s one thing to know God’s will, but it’s another to follow God’s will. Many Christians walk away from God’s will in times of trials. This is a decision that you’ll end up regretting after paying the consequences.

Abraham was a man of faith. When God called him, he immediately obeyed even though he had no idea where God was leading him (Hebrews 11:8.) His obedience led him to a place called Canaan, where he was supposed to stay in the center of God’s will.

However, Abraham faced trials that challenged his faith in God. You may be in the center of His will, but I guarantee you that there will be trials that will tempt you to walk away.

You’re not exempted from trials when you follow God’s will.

And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

Genesis 12:10

If you are in God’s will, you might expect that all God’s blessings will be given to you and that you’ll no longer have any problems. Nothing can be further from the truth.

When Abraham arrived in Canaan, he was welcomed by a grievous famine instead of a great blessing. It was God’s will for Abraham to be in Canaan, but God allowed problems to come into his life. As a result, he left Canaan and journeyed into Egypt, walking away from God’s will.

In Mark 4:35-41, we read the story of how the Lord Jesus Christ calmed the storm over the sea of Galilee. Remember that the Lord Jesus Christ decided to cross the sea at night. The disciples followed the Lord Jesus Christ; they were in the center of God’s will. But that did not exempt them from God’s testing.

God allows problems to come into your life, not to drive you away. But for you to realize that you will have his protection and provision when you are in God’s will.

The will of God will never lead you to where the grace of God will not sustain you.

Edifying the saints

Waking away from God’s will during trials does not solve the problem.

11And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: 12Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

Genesis 12:11-12

Thinking that walking away from God’s will was the right decision, Abraham finds himself in another problem. His life is in danger because of his wife, Sarai. This shows that leaving God’s will is never the solution to the problem; it makes it worse.

You might think leaving your church or quitting your ministry will solve your problem. You’re just setting yourself up for a much worse situation. By the way, walking away from God’s will in times of trials is illogical. You’re supposed to draw closer to God when problems come.

Sure, it’s challenging to go through trials, and I cannot put myself in your position. I won’t tell you I know how you feel because I don’t. But I’m sure none of us experienced what Job had to endure.

Job lost his children, properties, and wealth, and his friends even falsely accused him. But he never walked away from God. Instead, he found a reason to glorify God (Job 1:21.) Until God showed the glory of his creation, then Job understood that God was in control.

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Job 38:4

This is the principle we need to realize while going through trials. We might not understand everything else that’s happening. We need to recognize that God is in control of everything.

When you stop following God, you’ll become a curse instead of a blessing.

And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.

Genesis 12:17

Abraham was supposed to be a blessing to the people around him. But because he walked away from God’s will, his family was in danger, and Pharaoh’s house was plagued because of him.

You can’t be a blessing when you walk away from God’s will. Instead, you will be a curse to your family and the people around you. God’s children are supposed to be a blessing. But there are many examples of people who put their loved ones in danger because of their wrong decision.

When Achan disobeyed God, he paid the consequence along with his family. King Saul walked away from God’s will, and because of that, he and his sons died in battle. Jonah deliberately disobeyed God; as a result, God sent a storm to trouble him and the shipmen with him.

There are so many examples in the Bible that I can show you that walking away from God’s will is a terrible decision. Think about it; you’re just putting yourself in a horrific situation. Not to mention the people around you whom you’re supposed to care for. Remember, you cannot be a blessing outside of God’s will.

You can always get back into God’s will.

And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

Genesis 13:1

After experiencing the consequences of his actions, Abraham finally decided to leave Egypt and return to God’s will. Many Christians are too proud to acknowledge their mistake. They would rather stay outside God’s will because they’re too arrogant to admit their mistake and ask forgiveness for their sin.

3And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai; 4Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

Genesis 13:3-4

Notice also that Abraham never prayed to God while he was in Egypt. He never built an altar to pray. How could Abraham do that when he knew he was out of God’s will?

If you’re outside God’s will, I’m sure you’re struggling to pray. Because I know you know that you ought to get right with God. Admit your mistake, get back into God’s will, and get right with God. Then you will find the joy, peace, and fellowship you’ve lost when you walked away from God’s will.

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