Just what is “God’s will?”
The Bible says that if we do the “will of God,” we are Jesus’ brother, sister and mother.
For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother. —Mark 3:35
Scripture tells us that if we do God’s will:
- We will abide forever
As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. —1 John 2:27
- But may suffer hardship in this life
Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. —1 Peter 4:19
- Silence fools
For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. —1 Peter 2:15
- Be sanctified
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality —1 Thessalonians 4:3
- “Stand perfect and fully assured in all”
Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. —Colossians 4:12
not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. —Ephesians 6:6
But God’s will is many times difficult to understand. For instance, when we experience tragedy, often it is hard to grasp that God is still in control.
It has been said that God’s will is what we would choose if we had all the facts. If we could see into the future and know how God is using all things to work together for good for those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28), we would not only choose the same path but understand why.
But rather than try to make sense out of each second of our life, it is easier to simply understand the overall scope of God’s will:
For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life —John 6:40
My mother and father have been married for 27 years. They both claim Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. However, my father is verbally, emotionally and, when he drinks too much, physically abusive to my mother. He gets drunk two to three times a week but only hits her once or twice a month. This includes slapping her in the face and head. He was arrested many years ago for this kind of abuse. But even when he isn’t hitting her, he is verbally and emotionally abusive.
My father is mad at God because he has asked Him to change his circumstances to no avail. They have changed churches from time to time through the years, for seemingly insignificant reasons. My father even tried to join the Mormon church, but they wouldn’t let him because he couldn’t give up his coffee and cigarettes. On the other hand, my mother seems to be growing spiritually and is asking good questions. She tries to please my dad but eventually is pushed to her limit and yells back.
Now my youngest brother, 11 years old, has just become the only child left at home. These problems between my mom and dad are taking a toll on him and his grades are falling. His teachers are calling and requesting a conference—apparently to try to determine the reasons for his bad behavior and poor grades. What would the Bible tell my mom to do?
We are not convinced your dad is a Christian. Just saying the words doesn’t mean much without repentance.
Not everyone who says to Me “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. —Matthew 7:21
Therefore, you should probably assume that you are witnessing, not fellowshipping, with your dad. His problem is not his drinking. His problem is refusing God’s will in his life. He seems to have a conviction that there is a God way and a wrong way, so hopefully this will ultimately end up with his salvation and total dependence on God’s Word.
But Christian or not, no woman or child should stay in that situation. If your mom is in danger of abuse, there is nothing unscriptural about getting her and her son to a place of safety. Not for the purpose of divorce, just safety.
This type of situation rarely ends quickly, so your mom needs a ready source of biblical advice as she stands her ground in the long haul. Great discernment will be required as she balances her need for safety with your dad’s need for eternal life with God.
A pastor, by definition, is a shepherd to his flock. A good shepherd/pastor looks for ways to protect his flock/church members from harm. Therefore she should start with her pastor. If she is not a member of a church, she should find one that has a biblically sound pastor and explain her plight. He should be able to give her good advice as God’s plan unfolds.
And if your pastor recommends that she should see a marriage counselor OUTSIDE the church, even a “Christian” counselor, she has not found a church who understands its role as outlined in the Bible.
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