Friends of mine say I ought to seek God’s will for some decisions I’ve got to make, but why should I do that? I believe in God and all that, but I’m afraid He’ll ask me to do something I don’t want to do. — P.D.
The first step in finding God’s will is to want to find God’s will. All too often, we say we want God’s will — but in reality, we only want Him to bless our plans. Or if His will looks like it’s too hard or doesn’t agree with our plans, then we cast it aside and go our own way.
But I hope you’ll remember two things about God’s will — whether it involves something major (such as who we’ll marry or what career we’ll follow), or something that seems to be minor to us (although nothing is insignificant to God). First, God wants us to know His will. He loves us and wants what is best for us — and when we sincerely seek His will, He’ll guide us to it. This is why the Bible urges us to “First seek the counsel of the Lord” (1 Kings 22:5).
Second, remember that God’s will is always best for us — always. It may not seem so at the time — but it’s true. We see only part of the picture; God sees the whole. We think our way is best — but His way is far better. The Bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
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Begin by committing your life to Jesus Christ. He loves you so much that He was willing to give His life for you. Open your heart to Him, and then humbly ask Him to guide you — and He will.
Why does atheism seem to be growing so much in recent years? I guess there have always been people around who didn’t believe in God, but atheists seem to be in the public eye a lot more than they used to be. — M.M.
Yes, atheism has been in the public eye more in recent years, largely because of a few atheists who’ve captured the public’s attention through their books. They aren’t large in number but they do tend to be aggressive in promoting their ideas.
Why have they drawn so much attention? One reason, I believe, is because they know how to use the media very effectively. They also appeal to people who want to be free from God or any moral restraints. Like the philosophers of Paul’s day who were constantly looking for new ideas to debate, many people today eagerly latch onto the latest fad. Atheism attracts their attention — at least for a while.
In fact, atheism has been around for thousands of years. Don’t be misled by those who claim God doesn’t exist — because He does. And the ultimate reason we know it is because He came down from heaven and walked on this earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Christ was God in human flesh. Put your faith in Him, for He alone gives us peace in the present and hope for the future.
The Rev. Billy Graham, whose column appears in Faith & Values every Saturday, can be contacted at “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201 or www.billygraham.org.