Have you ever heard of the open window method in seeking God’s will? You put your Bible by a window and the pages blow and you put your finger on a verse. One man did that and pointed to the verse, “Judas went and hanged himself.” Not a very good life verse, and he did it again. This time he put his finger on the verse that said, “Go and do thou likewise.” The third verse he found said, “Whatsoever thou doest, do quickly.” 1 As you can tell from this illustration, this is not a very good method to ascertain God’s will. Here are some Bible thoughts along this line to help you in your journey.
Hebrews 1:1–3 (NKJV) — 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Various Times and Various Ways
- These verses in the first chapter of Hebrews are some of my favorite verses to read.
- They just ring so true and wonderfully in my spirit.
- The writer indicates to us that in the past, ‘at various times and in various ways,’ God has spoken.
- This is one of the central characteristics of any revelation from God the Father.
- It comes at many times and in many ways.
- You never get the whole story at once.
- You get to find the ‘thread of the story’ by looking at all the pieces.
The Puzzle which Is Spirit Life
- Spirit life is a big puzzle of which there are many pieces.
- There are middle puzzle pieces.
- And, there are outer frame pieces.
- There are four corner pieces to any puzzle.
- This puzzle represents your life and as you walk with God at ‘various times and in various ways’ you will receive a puzzle piece.
- You may not realize how that piece fits into your puzzle right away.
- That’s where faith comes in.
- But, as you continue to walk with Him and receive more pieces things become clearer.
- After a while, you begin to get a sense of your life’s calling and mission.
- This process is called ‘feeling after him’ in the book of Acts.
Feeling after God’s Will
Acts 17:26–27 (KJV) — 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
- The three words ‘feel after him’ is all one word in the Greek.
- And, the word is a verb meaning to grope v. — to feel about uncertainly or blindly (as if searching).
- A.T. Robertson has this illuminating thought on this passage.
One knows what it is in a darkened room to feel along the walls for the door (Deut. 28:29; Job 5:14; 12:25; Isa. 59:10). Helen Keller, when told of God, said that she knew of him already, groping in the dark after him. ‘2
- Feeling for God’s will in a dark room where you are groping for the walls is an accurate way of describing this aspect of spiritual life.
- When you get up in the middle of the night and you are reaching out in the dark trying to feel where the walls are, how fast are you walking?
- Aren’t you walking, slowly, and carefully?
- This is not the time to be running at breakneck speed, is it?
Ephesians 5:15 (KJV) — 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
- Circumspectly is what the scripture describes as the way we should walk.
- The Greek word means in a careful and deliberate manner.
- It means to walk or order your behavior in an exact and accurate way.
- Finding God’s will is at times like this.
- So, be careful with the next puzzle piece you receive from the Lord.
- After the race we are running is an individual race not a competitive race against other believers.
- You don’t get the prize for finishing first.
- You get the prize for completing your course.
- The prize goes to the tortoise, not the hare.
- Andrew Murray had this to say about God’s will.
God has no more precious gift to a church or an age than a man who lives as an embodiment of his will, and inspires those around him with the faith of what grace can do. 3
Call to Action
Are you trusting God for His plan for your life? Maybe you are frustrated because you don’t have all the pieces you need to have a clear picture. Stay faithful to God with the pieces you have and in due time more will be added.
Question: What are you doing with the puzzle pieces you have right now from the Lord? Please share your story in the comments section below.
- Charles R. Swindoll, The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart and 1501 Other Stories (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2016), 247. ↩
- A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1933), Ac 17:27. ↩
- Craig Brian Larson and Phyllis Ten Elshof, 1001 Illustrations That Connect (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2008), 409. ↩