How many of us have asked the question: What is God’s Will for my life? This will probably be something we wrestle with for the rest of our lives. I would like to offer two simple ways to understand the Will of God. The first is the Permissive Will of God. The Permissive will of God is that which He allows us to do on our own, since He has given us free will and a mind to think for ourselves. He permits us to operate within reason under this principle. However, the Permissive Will of God is one which does not first seek to please God. Since, our primary intent under this form of God’s will is to do what we think is right and logical and natural, He still honors our decisions and choices. The second type is the Absolute Will of God. This is the kind that seeks to please God, first. This is a specific form of doing God’s Will that is ready to act or waits, absolutely, on God to direct, speak, intervene and communicate His specific intent and purpose for us and anything in our world, both individually and corporately. Remember Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”? Can you recall times in your life when you were not sure if you were doing God’s Will?, and conversely, other times when you knew for sure that you were in God’s Will? That is the difference between the Permissive and Absolute Will of God. I can think of a million anecdotal illustrations to elucidate this thought, but we have one here in scripture. I am reminded of the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 16. When Abraham got ahead of God and had a child with Hagar, Sarah’s servant, Ishmael was born. This is the Permissive Will of God at work. Whereas, Abraham and Sarah were meant to have their own son according to the promise of God. Eventually, his name was Isaac, the true heir of father Abraham. This allows for human error and takes into account that we sometimes get ahead of God. We should be thankful that God allows for such margin in the life of the believer and the church. But, let us seek to do the Absolute Will of God, pleasing Him through our lives.
Seeking to do God’s Will,