“The Lord Jesus Christ… gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father”.
Gal 1:3, 4 NIV
We use the phrase “God’s will” in many ways. Often it serves as an expression of a fatalistic approach to life. A child gets killed and well-meaning people say “It must have been God’s will”. Then when we are confronted with a dilemma of some sort we say, “I don’t know what to do now. I wish I could find out God’s will”.
In the long saga of the Old Testament one thing shines out. God is a saving God who called Israel to be his people and to bring the life he wanted to share to all people. He saved them from bondage in Egypt and his will was to embrace all humanity in his good kind of life. When he gave Jesus Christ as his only Son he was showing all humanity what his overarching will for the world was: it was to bring them all into one community under the lordship of Christ and knowing the redemption that Christ wrought by his self-giving on Calvary and his rising from the dead. One way he did this was by Jesus’ perfect obedience to his Father – only complete obedience to God can mean fullness of life.
It is still God’s will. The salvation of the world, clearly a long way off in its fullness, is still the ultimate purpose of all God’s activity. And the High Priestly ministry of Christ in heaven is to that end as well. Though we may only dimly discern that end amidst the mish-mash of evil and bumbling human conflict and strife, still God is faithful to his own sovereign will.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, fulfil your sovereign will in your world.