Fleece and Peace

If you want to get Christians flustered, get them talking about God’s will for their lives. The conversation will often focus on finding God’s will, as if it were misplaced. There may be a story of regret, as though God’s will, once lost, can never be realized in the future. And there will most certainly be a notion that God communicates His will for jobs, moves, and relationships through fleece and peace. (It occurred to me in college that a girl who broke up with you because she “didn’t have peace” usually meant by that that there was a cuter guy in her first hour class, but that’s another story.) Christians who are otherwise opposed to continuing revelation justify all sorts of decisions because “God told them so.” That settles it and prohibits future discussion of the issue. I mean, how do you argue with that?! On the other hand, while some attribute to God what are often their own desires, many others live in fear that their lives will be irrevocably ruined if they select what’s behind door #1 rather than doors #2 or #3. That’s a bad way to live, based on worse theology.

In light of all that confusion, I was grateful for Joe Tyrpak’s recent message on the topic. Rather than summarizing it, I’ll just recommend that you give it a listen for yourself. If you need more encouragement, well, I have peace about your need to listen to it. Consider this a sign.

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5 Responses

  1. Wish I’d heard that message 30 years ago. Joe nailed it. This message couldn’t have come at a better time for the Hayes family. It’s exciting to see God work.

  2. Looking forward to listening on a flight next week. In the mean time, I always recommend “Decision Making and the WIll of God”. MacArthur has a shorter treatment (think 10 page pamphlet) out as well.

  3. I’ll listen to it. “Step by Step” by James Petty is also a fine resource (although a little difficult for poor readers) and a book that has been a blessing to my husband and me.

  4. “If you need more encouragement, well, I have peace about your need to listen to it. Consider this a sign.”

    Love this quote! Chris, have you read the book “Just Do Something?” I read through it once and thought it was very good after an initial read. It challenges the way most Christians think, but it’s very hard to argue with anything he says in the book.

  5. It’s incredible (and ridiculous) how we believers can treat the Will of God as though it is something superstitious.
    Along with Jeff, I recommend Kevin DeYoung’s “Just Do Something.” My prayer group at school actually just started working through the book. You can find Kevin’s message of the same title here: http://sgm.edgeboss.net/download/sgm/next/2009/next09.m_deyoung.mp3
    I have listened to it several times over the past couple of years and it is such and encouragement and an inspiration every time. Such freeing truths!

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