For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord .... Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:8-10, 15-17 (NIV)
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 (NIV)
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8
This is our second week in our series on "Doors." Last week we looked at "Open Doors." As followers of Christ we come to the point in our lives where we choose to live fully for God. In doing so we embrace the open doors God puts before us as opportunities to serve the kingdom of God and bless the lives of others people. Living fully for God is all about having lives that are an expression of God's will and not our own.
Figuring out which doors are opportunities to align ourselves with God's will and which are not cannot be quite a challenge throughout the course of our lives. As we saw from Sunday's message there are approaches for determining God's will that are flawed that get into the mix and complicate our lives. We will examine these faulty approaches over the course of the week and trust God for help at getting them out of the mix. For today we want to find the encouragement we need from our passages above that will help us to be confident that we can go forward in the life time pursuit of discovering and aligning ourselves with God's will.
What an encouraging expression from Ephesians: "Now you are light in the Lord." Because this is who we are in Christ we can: "Live as children of light and find out what pleases the Lord." It says that we have been given the ability to: "Not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is." Let's join the Psalmist and say to God in complete assurance: "You make known to me the path of life." May we hear afresh the Lord speaking to us these wonderful words: “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."
Lord, "fill me with joy in your presence" today. I know you will help me to be close to you. I am confident that this will keep me from being stressed out about the challenge of knowing your will for my life. I pray that throughout the week I will learn all the things you want to teach me. I look forward to all that you have in store for me. Amen!
Posted on Mon, August 10, 2015
by Alan Porter