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Series: Question Box. If so, how does he reveal it? How do we hear him and discern his voice from others? Let me say that there is something of a category error involved here. God never tells us to figure what his secret plan is for us. But he has already told you how you are to live, what constitutes a godly decision, what it means to follow his will. A good place to start is the Ten Commandments. John Calvin spoke in terms of the double will of God. First, there is the secret will of God, his foreordination of all things for his glory and our good.
We only get to know this as he unfolds it in history, and even then we know it only in part. This is right before us; we find it in the Bible. What we need for our decision-making is not new revelation about what God wants us to do, but rather obedience to what he has already revealed, along with wisdom to make good choices.
Instead of revealing his plans for our future, God wants us to seek his wisdom in prayer and his will in the Bible. Contrary to what our culture says today, our hearts are not reliable guides; they are prone to idolatry and folly, they are infected with evil. Who can understand it? How do we hear God and tell his voice from others?
The answer is that God speaks to us in the Bible, which gives us a yardstick for assessing every other voice. God speaks to us in Scripture; we speak to him in prayer. Listening to God often means waiting for events or for godly wisdom as you seek to honor him with your life. But God often le us into difficulty, into trials and hardship. That is often his will, as it was for Paul and Silas who followed a vision to Macedonia only to end up in jail.
Instead, they went about their work and God used them mightily from their cell.
What you want is success and comfort and temporal happiness; what God is aiming for is glory — his and yours — through the refining of your faith and the conforming of your life to Jesus Christ. Those are two different plans altogether, and you can be grateful that God is not going to set aside his plans the sake of yours. Paul writes:. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in its entirety or in unaltered excerpts, as long as you do not charge a fee. For Internet posting, please use only unaltered excerpts not the content in its entirety and provide a hyperlink to this. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by Tenth Presbyterian Church.
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