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God’s will is carried out by us

God’s will

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Here we break from speaking of God’s revealed will to speaking of God’s secret will.  This means not just the desires of God, but the plan of God that will come to pass by whatever means He chooses.  When we refer to the revealed will, we mean that God has called us to do certain things and we should follow them.  The secret will, however, describes the things that God has planned out before the creation of the world, the events and occurrences that He determines.

God generally carries out His will by means of people.  While He has all the power to just make things happen on His own, He acts as more of a conductor who orchestrates the events rather than just making them happen by supernatural methods.  We have choices in life and those choices lead to consequences.  God sees to it that whatever the outcome, it coincides with someone else’s choice to bring about what He wills.  Though He typically doesn’t force our hand, He does make things happen through our actions. And yes, at times He does intervene to provide the proper choices are made.  This is hard to grasp, but consider the many accounts in the Bible where God stepped into a situation to bring about a particular result.

When we follow God’s (revealed) will, we work towards His (secret) will.  Doing what He calls us to do leads to us playing a part in His plan, not only for our own lives, but in the overall plan He has.

What path will you choose?

Genesis 24:57-58 They said, “Let us call the young woman and ask her.” And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will go.”

Sometimes in life we’re given a choice.  A path is laid out before us and we have the choice either to walk down that path or to take our own path.  Which way we decide to go can change our destiny and affect many others.

We often hear “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” because those men were called by God and given a promise.  But the very same God also called Rebekah to take part in fulfilling the covenant He made.  When Abraham’s servant left Canaan to find a wife for Isaac, he found Rebekah because he had prayed for God to show him which young woman had been chosen.  Yet the choice of whether to go with the servant was left up to Rebekah.  Though her family and the servant believed God’s hand was in all of this, they let her decide.

With three simple words, “I will go,” Rebekah made a choice that would have a profound impact.  It was through Rebekah that Jacob and Esau would be born, two men who were critical to the plans God had.  Her obedience to God was more than she could have even known.

What path has been laid before you?  What way has God called you to follow in obedience?  What might happen if you choose His way over your own?  There’s only one way to find out.


This devotional is derived from a sermon message by Matthew J. Cochran.  Listen to the sermon here: