Protected by His will
So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34
Christians live by God’s will and revelation while the world relies on human reason. The world pursues gallant and grandiose purposes and goals to attain. People will go out and seek out satisfying things in which they can invest their lives with. Organizations form goals and objectives and then build themselves to accomplish them. But the point of reference is the things of this world. While God’s people that are committed to following Him will arrange their lives based on the will of God, regardless of whether it makes sense to them or not. So, living our life as a child of God should not be based on our opinion about what is best for our future, our family, our church, or the country but on the understanding that we will seek His will for our life. King Solomon pursued everything he desires and use all his efforts and abilities yet found everything he acquired not filling his emptiness within. “When I considered all that I had accomplished and what I had labored to achieve, I found everything to be futile and a pursuit of the wind. There was nothing to be gained under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:11). Then he realized in the end what will satisfy his longings. “When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep his commands, because this is for all humanity” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). God already knows what we need so it is best for us to follow Him and listen to His Word. “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction” (Proverbs 29:18). Whenever people do not base their lives on God’s will, they stumble all over themselves for they walk in darkness because they seek to do what is right in their own eyes. They set their goals, arrange their lives based on their goals, and then at times pray for God’s blessings. The only way for us to know God’s will is for Him to reveal it to us. We will never discover His will if we will not choose to hear from the Father and unless we relinquish all our agenda for our life and let His will guide us. It is by obeying Him that will prevent us from hurting ourselves and others around us. As the writer of Proverbs experienced, “The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that” (29:25).
Noel De Guzman