We may have the vision of God and a very clear understanding of what God wants, and yet, if we are not careful, we will let our carnal will take over and try to do it our own way. Thus, we will find ourselves in a wilderness of our own making. But God, in His mercy, will come to us and give instruction. Moses gave several excuses for why he had taken this action.
By James Holland, Sr.
Some people will change jobs, mates, homes, and friends, but they will never consider changing themselves. Our will plays a vital part in not only our lives, but also in our walk with God. The greatest crisis we will ever face is the surrender of our will. Yet, God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields himself.
There is the will of man, and then there is the will of God. The will of man is carnal. This is the realm in which we most often operate. It’s our comfort zone. It is in this area that we arrive at our preconceived ideas and concepts of God, which, most of the time, are not Biblically based at all.
I want to emphasize how important our concept of God can be. The more we perceive God to be, the greater our faith in Him will be. If we are going to do what God has commanded us to do, then we must be merged into a personal oneness with God. We must have the mind of Christ about what God’s plan for our world and life is. We can only know real victory when we are seeing the will of God unfold in our lives
We are free moral agents. We have the right to make a choice. God will honor our choice, whether it is a good choice or a bad one. We need to really understand this. In fact, if man was not a free moral agent, then God would be responsible for the following: for sin; the effects of sin; rebellion; sickness; and the damnation of all men, de-mons, and angels. Many today, even in the church, believe this is true. It is a convenient train of thought because if it were true, then it would release us from responsibility. However, it is not true. We are account-able for our actions.
In Mark 16, Jesus declared that if we choose to believe and continue in that process, we, at the end, would be saved; or, if we choose not to believe, then at the end we will be damned. Why? The answer is our choice. We need to understand that God will honor our choice, even if it is the wrong choice. This is why prayer is so vital to spiritual maturity.
We had no choice about coming into this world; yet, we are totally accountable for our actions. We are commanded in Joshua 24:15 to choose God. Men let their will, which is twisted with doubt and unbelief, stand between them and God. They make statements like, “God doesn’t love me,” or “God can’t help me.” Neither of these statements is true. We let our will get in the way.
Look at the life of Moses. He saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, so in righteous indignation of his own spirit, he launched his first strike for God and for what was right. God allowed Moses to be driven into empty discouragement. He spent the next forty years in the desert taking care of sheep.
How many deserts have we been driven into because we did it our way instead of God’s way? You see, Moses had allowed his will to actually interfere with what God was preparing him to do. It is true that Moses had realized that he was the one to deliver the people, but he had to be trained and disciplined by God first. When we grow into spiritual maturity, we will realize that to get the optimum results, we must do the right thing at the right time. Moses was right in his perspective, but he was not the person for the work until he learned true fellowship with God. “It is not by might, but by his spirit” that the work is done. Moses, doing it his way, killed one Egyptian, yet, when he got his will out of the way and walked in God’s will, he saw the entire Egyptian army wiped out.