Looking Back: Dealing With Regret (August 23, 2011)

Misunderstanding God’s Will and My Role

The desire to want to be “in the center of God’s will” or “God’s will as a dartboard” thinking is a familiar position, but one that is divorced from the Biblical text in every way. God does not have a bullseye that he is hoping you hit, but allows you to at least get a few points if you miss the mark. There are several misunderstandings that this position reveals.

Misunderstanding of the Sovereignty of God:  (Some Definitions)

  1. God’s dominion is total: he wills as he chooses and carries out all that he wills, and none can stay his hand or thwart his plans. –Packer
  2. God, as creator of all things visible and invisible, and the owner of all, has an absolute right to rule over all (Matt. 20:15; Rom. 9:20), and he exercises this authority in the universe (Eph. 1:11). -Thiessen

The Plans of God: How does the sovereignty of God manifest itself in our daily existence? The decrees of God.

A Definition: GOD from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass (Eph. 1:11; Rom. 11:33; Heb. 6:17; Rom. 9:15,18): yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin,(James 1:13,17; 1 John 1:5) nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.( Acts 2:23; Matt. 17:12; Acts 4:27,28; John 19:11; Prov. 16:33)

An Explanation: God has a specific purpose and plan for the universe and specifically, for his people.

The Problem: How do I, as a child of God live in accordance with the plans of God? How do I know what God’s will is for my life?

Mystical Views:

  1. Impression/inner peace/still small voice
  2. Circumstances/Situations
  3. A Sign
  4. The fleece
  5. Picking a text

All of these mystical views are nonsensical and thus they cause us to have a large degree of uncertainty about the will of God and then we feel like we are apt to miss it and regret sets in when we fell like we have indeed, “Missed God.” Don’t fall for these silly carnival tricks attempting to decipher God’s will. This kind of mysticism can lead only to regret.



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