I just took a few days off. It has been wonderful; I have gotten to do things that matter only to me.
Of course, that meant I could binge watch a show I have been wondering about for some time: “The White Princess.”
I find Tudor history fascinating, even when the history is blurred a bit for dramatic purposes.
“The White Princess”, while an excellent production, really ticked me off.
No… it was not that the history was that off or the clothing was not specifically period-accurate.
The characters kept using one phrase to justify their actions over and over: “it is God’s will…”
Am I ever tired of hearing that one both in fiction and in my very non-fiction life.
And honestly, hearing it so many times and in reference to so many heinous acts, sickened me.
So why keep on watching then?
Because I wanted to see if one of these power-mad and self-righteous characters would stop saying it.
That did not happen.
What did happen was that I got, once again, to thinking about the use and abuse of that phrase.
We use it to layer the pretense of God signing off on our typically selfish actions. Or, in the case of several of the characters on “The White Princess,” murderous and deceptive actions.
We use it when asking for prayer so we can be told what to do, rather than discover that for ourselves.
We also use it to shortcut the time we don’t spend with God, in worship, prayer, and study.
When we ask for God’s will in our lives, what are we asking for?
I doubt it is us asking for God’s will really and truly to be acted out in our lives; He has a history of leading His people into all sorts of hardships and wildernesses.
That’s not a bad thing at all. We experience our growth in the valleys of life, not in a mountaintop experience.
But I have yet to hear someone ask for a valley openly. I have myself said “whatever Your will is, Father…” and unfailingly, I had to deal with what His will was in answer to my choices, either a mountaintop or a valley.
A few times in my life, I have chosen to do some really dumb stuff that did not work out at all and in my frustration and anger, I shook a fist at God and asked Him why the consequences of my actions should be His will for my life.
This is the thing: they weren’t.
BUT… He sure got some use out of them, though. He does that.
And no doubt, He will again when I choose to go where my will wants to go without thinking about Him.
Out of curiosity, I searched the phrase “God’s will for my life” on Google and got over 30 million results.
Do we really need to make it that hard?
I don’t think so.
God’s will for your life can be summed up in Luke 10:27-28: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
God’s will for your life is that you love Him first. When you do, really and truly, your actions will reflect more of His character and nature in you because you will have chosen it.
God did not come to order us around. He gave us free will not just to choose to worship Him but to choose to live by His commandments.
In case you may have missed it or may not know, those commandments work in every season, situation, and occupation of our lives.
So whatever you choose to do, when you love and honor God first before yourself or wherever your ego may want to lead you, you can be sure you are in the way of the Lord using your choices to the very best for you and the people around you.
You immediately will have more confidence in the choices you make because your motivation will involve what Jesus wants, too.
It makes things a whole lot simpler.
Leave the drama for what’s on TV.