Missing the Will of God
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
—ACTS 9:3, 4 [NIV]
We need to stop and think about most things for a minute, and this passage is no exception. We know that God does not show partiality; it is not within the capacity of love to do so. Paul, as an unbeliever, was missing the will of God and so was stopped by Him and set on the proper way. When Paul was missing the will of God as a believer, an angel was sent to redirect him. If God did not allow Paul to miss the will of God, and God does not show partiality, then how could He let any of us? Therefore, if a believer were able to miss the will of God, it would be God’s fault. Now, I am not talking about sins; all sins are missing the will of God. All have sinned, and therefore all have missed the will of God. No, what I am talking about is the ultimate will of God for life’s calling and vocation. It is impossible to miss it.
Paul became content with whatever state he was in. Many in the Church have fed discontent into the lives of others. Some constantly meddle in the lives of God’s people and define what the will of God is. It is evil to make someone discontented with where he is. A woman is struggling in her marriage, and the first thing the evil, meddling Christian says is, “You should go!” Another is barely coping at work with a condemning boss who makes him feel trapped. The meddler adds to the turmoil by saying, “God is calling you into fulltime ministry.” How do these meddling people know the mind of God? Included in the love of God is the assurance that daily we are getting what we need, and that today we are in the perfect will of God. His will for us today may simply be changing diapers as we care for a new little life!