Bible Studies for Life Lesson for October 20: God’s Will and the Bible
October 4 2019 by Emily Kistler, member, Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia

Focal passage: Psalm 19:7-14
My husband and I are expecting our first child in January, and just recently, at our little one’s 20-week anatomy scan, we were amazed by the detail with which the technician examined every part of his tiny body.
She was able to accurately measure his arms, spine, brain and so much more. Unfortunately, although the expert needed our baby to flip over for his final measurements, he refused. We were forced to reschedule our appointment.
Every adult in the office that day understood what was best for the baby, but we were unable to communicate with our bundle of joy. The little guy had no idea how important it was for him to do a somersault.
Is it possible that, as believers, we are tempted to view God’s will in a similar way? We know God has a plan and that His way is best, but sometimes we live in oblivion.
This sort of behavior is far from what our Creator intended. God has not left us like a baby in utero, with no way to listen to His instruction. We have direct access to God’s will through His Word. Instead of spending months or even years wondering what God’s will may be for our lives, we can know His good and loving plan for us with complete certainty and trust. As the psalmist writes in Psalm 17:7, “the instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life.”
When we obey God’s word and align our will with His, the result will always be blessing. As we follow God’s directions, we are “warned by them, and in keeping them there is an abundant reward” (Psalm 17:11).
For right now, I have to hope that when we return for our next ultrasound appointment our baby will cooperate, turning in the right way for the technician to complete her job.
You and I, on the other hand, have nothing to wait for. We can open the pages of God’s word today and learn His good, pleasing and perfect will for our lives.

10/4/2019 10:03:09 AM by Emily Kistler, member, Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia | with 0 comments

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