The Will of God
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV)
The term, the Will of God shows up numerous times in the Bible, Old and New Testaments. It is a term not to be taken lightly, but reverently with a sober mind. For example, In Mark 3:35, it is related to behavior and the spiritual family disposition: Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. In John 7:17, it’s connecting choice with revelation: If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. In Acts 18:21, It pulls together futuristic planning: But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.” Then he set sail from Ephesus.
I will share a few more examples to make my point that we must be pondering, seeking and refining God’s will for the living of these days. Romans 10:1, it’s prayer; Romans 12:2, it’s transformation; Ephesians 1:1, it’s about assignment. However, our text of today, it’s about perseverance and promise.
This is not the time to throw away our confidence. It may look rough and feel like there is no hope, but there is a rich reward awaiting all who will not throw in the towel and give in to the notion that The Lord does not care. We as the Body of Christ must show up, represent when the going gets tough. We must persevere to the promise. The text says, “…so that when you have done the will of God…” This mean that we must continue to work at gleaning the clarity from the Word so that our lives are perfectly in sync with His good and perfect will.
Dr. Bennie T Henson, Pastor