Willingness to Obey
Someone once said, “If a person truly desires to do the will of God as much as he says he desires to know it, he will know it.”
This means we must be willing to obey God’s will—even before we know it. Not being willing to obey God’s will, regardless what it may be, can prevent us from ever knowing it. It is true that God may choose to reveal His specific will to us even when He knows we are not going to obey it. But, we must also keep in mind that God may refuse to reveal it when, in His omniscience, He knows we have a disobedient heart. In this case, instead of showing us His specific will, He will deal with us on the basis of our disobedience.
Highest Form of Worship: Obedience
Many Christians believe that the highest form of worship is praise. But, God said: “Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” (Amos 5:23-24) Obedience, not praise, is the highest form of worship. Praise is only a part of obedience.
Heart Purity and the Human Will
God may have given one person more light at a particular time in some area than He has another. So, we must each walk in obedience to the light God has given us, and, by so doing remain obedient to our day by day, progressing spiritual maturity.
However, there may be times when we do not receive light in some area because God knows that, in our hearts, we are not willing to yield to that light. In this case, He will work in us to make our hearts pure and ready to obey. Concerning this matter of heart purity, there are many factors. One is that God desires our heart’s cry not to be, “Oh, God, show me Your will so I may consider it among other alternatives” (i.e. decide whether I will do it or not), but, “Oh, God, show me Your will, and regardless of what it is, I will have no other alternatives.” (i.e. I will do it regardless.)
The Necessity of Faith
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6) 17
“…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Rom. 14:23)
“…The just shall live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11)
Faith is an absolute essential in Divine Guidance. Anything done aside from faith has no merit before the Lord. In fact, Romans 14:23 goes so far as to tell us this is sin.
A faithful disposition is a prerequisite to sure Divine guidance. Take a look at Hebrews 11:1-23 (especially vss. 2, 11, 13, 19, 23).
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