Understand What The Will Of The Lord Is

Ephesians 5:17: “Wherefore be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Wherefore is a conjunction linking what he is about to say to what he has just said. This carries us back to yesterday’s post. We are to live attentively, in wisdom and redeeming the time, understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Understanding what the will of the Lord is: The wisdom in yesterdays post refers to understanding what the will of the Lord is. God expects us to understand what His will is for us individually and collectively.
1.  Individually: God has a will for each and every one of us. It is related to what God wants to do through us when, where, and how He wants to do it. It is related to the spiritual gifts that God has given to us individually.
2.  Collectively: God’s will for each and every one of us, will be related to our position in Christ. It will be related to our position in the body of Christ, the church. “Now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased Him” (1 Corinthians 12:18). “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit…these work that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will” (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11). The Spiritual gifts God has given each of us reveals how God wants to use us within the body of Christ. Each Christian’s gifts are to work collectively with the gifts of other Christians to carry out God’s Will in this world.

Understanding what His will is: There are two basic ways that we come to know the will of the Lord.
1.  The word of God: We must redeem the time and take advantage of the opportunities we have to study the word of God, memorize it, and hide it in our hearts.
2.  The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is our helper sent to indwell us and to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). He is our teacher to teach us all things and to bring to our remembrance what Jesus has said to us (John 14:26).  We are to be filled with the Spirit and led by the Spirit. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
3.  Prayer: God says, “You have not, because you ask not” (James 4:2). If we ask God with a heart that is intent on doing His Will, He will reveal it to us. If we ask, it shall be given unto us; If we seek, we shall find; and If we knock, it shall be opened unto us (Matthew 7:7).

As we give ourselves to the word of God and to the Holy Spirit and prayer we will come to understand the will of the Lord.