Posts Tagged ‘God’s Will’

Finding the Will of God

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

I grew in this profession of ministry with a foot firmly in the camp of morality; that ministry and morality were synonymous.  The two unarguably combine in wondrous ways.  And yet the marriage of morality and ministry, if it fails to expand, threatens to squeeze down faith into a very shrill, cramped space more concerned with judgment and social order than with grace.

Deitrich Bonhoeffer phrased it thus.  “Those who wish even to focus on the problem of a Christian ethic are faced with an outrageous demand – that from the outset they must give up, as inappropriate to this topic, the very two questions that led them to deal with the ethical problem: ‘How can I be good?’ and ‘How can I so something good?’  Instead they must ask the wholly other, completely different question: what is the will of God?  This demand is radical precisely because it presupposes a decision about ultimate reality, that is, a decision of faith.”

There is nothing easy in occupying the evolved space Bonhoeffer noted, one where morality clearly incorporates and joins with a primary concern centered on the will of God.  It literally cost Bonhoeffer his life.  Such a space, only discovered in silence, becomes a space of call and thus a space of unfolding courage.

We discover God’s will where we are.  God’s will is our life.  As Emanuel Swedenborg noted again and again … God is all powerful, all present, and all knowing.  And yet God’s will is more than our individual self-satisfied homeostasis.  God’s will vibrates through our lives as that nudge, gentle and not, to center our lives in peace and reach.

 

God’s Will Is Just Beyond Your Plans

Friday, November 1st, 2013

“God’s will is just beyond your plans” the author said.  How true.

I want and I imagine many of us want to be a conduit for God, that space through which God can work out into the world.  My plans frequently though are too small I sense for God’s will.  My plans are cute, important in a stepping stone sort of way, but that is about it.  And my plans are frequently frustrated.  Chief among those frustrated plans is an unwritten one I bank on daily … that everyone will like what I do and how I do it. And, well, they don’t.

But is there grace there?  Is there opportunity in the pain there?  I know, in moments when the soul settles, the answer rings clear, yes.

When our plans go, the unfolding of God’s will rises.  His ways are not, as the Bible says, my ways.  His plans are not my plans.  They are better, more expansive, more freeing, more still.  They value others more.  They forgive more readily and engage more effectively.  And they always remain attached to what is and the opportunities right here in the daily moments of life – a beautiful Plan B.