Discerning God’s Will
by Randy Chambers, 2015-09-13
Luke 10:40, NIV: “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’”
The will of God is not always clear to us. It often hides behind the clutter and clouds of our own distractions, confusion, or uncertainty. We know that God is not the author of confusion. Therefore, we know that any struggle we have in understanding His revealed will is not because He has not made it clear, but because we have somehow convoluted it. So; what to do? It would seem the logical conclusion is to clear the clutter. In Luke 10:41, Jesus tells Martha, “you are worried and upset about many things.” The things Martha worried about kept her from being able to see the “better” things (v. 42). In this passage, Mary was doing what was better--she was sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to Him. It seems reasonable that there is no better place to be to discern God’s will than to be at His feet, listening to Him. But, that can be a terribly difficult thing for us to do; especially when we feel it is urgent that God give us some direction right away. But, direction will come as God determines. In the mean time, we must obey by doing what we already know He desires; continuing to reside at His feet listening; and. trusting He will give us direction at the proper time.