God’s Will Is Not Secret

OK, some of it is. Some of it isn’t. There is a whole lot of it in the Bible that isn’t secret, and if we spend the time learning that, it makes our lives much freer and takes some of the anxiety out, if people have a problem with that. Here is a repost with additional resources on God’s will. They are all from Reformed teachers and have a certain slant, just as a warning for those who may believe differently.

Later on, I plan on writing a post about God’s leading, which overlaps with this subject.

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How amazing it is that we can read (or listen to) Scripture anytime and hear from God. We may or may not receive special revelation where our eyes are opened to something new and life changing, but it’s always beneficial and very special. Let’s not lose the wonder of being able to read what the good, loving and living God of the universe has written to us, telling us everything He wants us to know.

If you don’t feel this way about reading your Bible yet, be sure to pray for it. This is God’s will for you–to know and enjoy Him through it. Then wait while you keep reading. This is a gift from God, so if He takes a while, don’t feel like it’s your fault if you’re striving and obeying.

The primary purpose of reading the Bible is not to know the Bible but to know God.

–James Merritt

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
John 17:3

I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Psalms 119:16-18

If you’d like shorter, free resources, here are two that are excellent, especially the sermon by John MacArthur (first one is shorter):

What Is "God's Will"? by Dan McCartney and Charles Clayton

You know, if you’re saved, Spirit filled, sanctified, submissive, suffering and saying thanks you know what God’s will is for you? Whatever you want.

–John MacArthur, God's Will Is Not Secret – listen to or read the sermon here

Books:
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can-i-know-Gods-will-sproul

Kevin DeYoung

Discovering-Gods-Will-Ferguson

found-Gods-will-MacArthur

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