6 Reasons Believers Should Always Say “I Will” to God’s Will
According to Romans 12:2, believers can count on the will of God for their life being good, acceptable, and perfect. Therefore, there is never any good reason to not fully surrender to it.
In The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Dutch Reformer Wilehlmus à Brakel defends the biblical conviction that God’s will, as revealed in Scripture, is always worthy of our complete submission since it is always “congruent with His holy character.” In other words, because God is holy then His commands are holy and because His commands are holy then our obedience to them is always for our own good. Realizing this should bring us to full, whole-hearted surrender. Here are 6 reasons we should always respond “Amen” when God says, “I will.”
- Believers so love the will of God’s command and consider it so sovereign that they esteem all His precepts to be right (Ps 119:128). They join Paul in saying, “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Rom 7:12). The law of the Lord, being His will, is their joy, their delight, and the object of their love. “O how love I Thy law! It is my meditation all the day” (Ps 119:97).
- A believer, loving that law, does not merely acquiesce in the will of God’s command, but the soul offers himself to the Lord to do His will, willingly submitting himself to the Lord’s will. God’s will is his will and his will is swallowed up in God’s will.
- The soul is ready and prepared to walk in the pathway of the Lord’s commandments. He delights in the law of God according to the inner man, confessing with his whole heart, “I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart (Ps 40:8).
- In his entire walk he focuses upon the will of God in order to regulate everything according to this will.
- The will of God is not merely a regulative principle. It is simultaneously an urgent motive, prompting the soul to be diligent, sincere, and persevering in doing God’s pleasure.
- Even though there is great reward in the keeping of God’s commandments and one may and must be quickened by it to a godly walk, the will of God is nevertheless the loftiest, most influential, and endearing object of affection. Blessed is he who relates to the will of God in such a manner, submitting himself to it in his walk both in prosperity and adversity.
Let us always remember, and never forget, “The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever” (1 Jn 2:17).