Does anyone enjoy the hiccups?
But even more frustrating are the life hiccups we experience.
They come on unexpectedly, can last longer than expected, and leave us reeling and searching for answers.
Thankfully, our Lord uses even the hiccups of life for our good, especially as we turn to Him through those hiccups.
My Recent Bout With Life Hiccups
Though I won’t go into the nitty gritty of my own recent bout of life hiccups, I do want to share how I’ve searched for answers and found those answers in the Lord.
My hiccups caused me to question everything about my life.
Was I doing what God wanted me to do?
Was He preparing me for a new line of work?
How could I help provide for our family’s needs and serve Him at the same time?
How could I be sure I was following His plan and not my own?
This led me to a Bible study on the topic of God’s will, and I’d like to share with you what I uncovered in His Word.
God’s Overall Will and Person-Specific Will
I do believe that the verses I’m about to share are God’s overall will. But I also believe that He has a specific will/plan for each of our lives. Rest assured, His plans and purposes will be fulfilled! When we seek Him and trust Him with all our hearts, He directs our steps.
I also want to point out that God’s will is something He wants us to know. It’s not something He keeps a mystery, though in order to get us to seek Him, it may seem like a mystery.
God’s Overall Will As Revealed in His Word
God’s will is:
- in line with His Word (Matthew 28:18-20; Micah 6:8). (TIP: Hover over the verses with your cursor and a screen with that verse will pop up on your screen.)
- for all to be saved and know the Truth (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
- is found as we renew our minds through His Spirit, prayer, and study of His Word (Romans 12:1-2; Psalm 119:105; James 1:5).
- for us to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
- key in recognizing our spiritual family (Mark 3:34-35).
- instrumental as the Spirit intercedes for all believers (Romans 8:27).
- for us to give to the ongoing of His work (2 Corinthians 8:1-6).
- to serve Him by serving others (Ephesians 6:5-7).
- for our sanctification (holiness, Christlikeness) which includes abstaining from sexual immorality (Romans 8:29; 1 Thessalonians 4:2-4).
- carried out by doing good to silence the ignorance of foolish people (1 Peter 2:13-16).
- often carried out in suffering (Isaiah 53:10; 1 Peter 3:17; 1 Peter 4:19).
- accomplished and rewarded by abiding in Him forever (1 John 2:16-17).
- a calling on our lives as His saints (1 Corinthians 1:1-3; Ephesians 1:1-2; Colossians 1:1-2; 2 Timothy 1:1-2).
- always accomplished through His sovereignty and our faith in Him (Proverbs 21:1; Proverbs 3:5-6; Proverbs 16:33; Ephesians 1:11; Romans 8:28; Daniel 4:3-5; Jeremiah 29:11; Proverbs 16:4).
- something He equips us to do (Hebrews 13:20-21; Philippians 4:13).
- wrapped up in denying ourselves, taking up our cross daily, and following Jesus (Luke 9:23; Luke 22:42).
- something we should pray for (Matthew 6:10).
- requires understanding (Ephesians 5:17).
- rewarded as we carry it out in our lives (Hebrews 10:36).
I hope that this post/mini-study has been helpful to you. It was great reminder (and great comfort!) to me personally, and I pray that it will be for you as well.
Please continue to pray that I will accomplish God’s will.
Even if it means going through the hiccups of life.
Much love to you all,