Delighting in God’s Will
I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8
Recommended Reading – John 4:34
Esteemed theologian Bruce Waltke has written, “Why would a God who wants us to do His will hide it from us? . . . Our theology tells us that God loves us enough that He sent His Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. So does it make sense that He would play some sort of game with His children, hiding His will? Is it logical that the God who says He has a plan for each life would conceal that plan so that His work cannot go forward through His people?”1
No one would suggest that God the Father hid His will from His own Son, Jesus. There was never any doubt in Jesus’ mind about God’s will for His life — including the painful conclusion of God’s will (Matthew 16:21; Luke 19:10; John 3:14). Even though there were countless “diversions” along the way, Christ’s life had a specific path and conclusion that Jesus recognized as God’s will (Matthew 26:39, 42). Just as the Spirit led Christ (Matthew 4:1), so Paul says that the children of God are led by the Spirit of God as well (Romans 8:14).
Just as Jesus found delight and contentment in fulfilling God’s will for His life, so we can find that same contentment in our life as we trust His Spirit to guide us.
Bruce K. Waltke, Finding the Will of God (Gresham, OR: Vision House Publishing, Inc., 1995) 7, 27.