• William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 16, 2021

Daily Reading: Acts 9-10

Acts 9:6

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Upon receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, Paul, called Saul, immediately asked the Lord that question. It is a good question that demonstrates three things.

One, it demonstrates a willingness to obey.

Two, it demonstrates a desire to learn.

Three, it demonstrates a servant’s spirit.

These are in short supply today. It seems to this preacher that most want to go to heaven but only on their terms. Yes, they confess Christ, but seldom do they truly and sincerely ask Him what He would have them to do. If they do ask this question, how many then set out to do that which He would have them do? Of those who set out to do the things the Lord wills for them to do, how many continue therein for the rest of their life?

Good questions, aren’t they? But what is the Lord’s will? Well, corporately He has a general will for all.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Peter 2:13-15

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

1 Peter 4:19

Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

What is the benefit of obeying the will of God?

1 John 2:17

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

These are some of the direct statements of the will of God for every person. However, every person also has a private will of God to fulfill. The will of God for Paul was to bear His name to the Gentiles, kings, to the children of Israel, and to suffer great things for Jesus’ sake (Acts 9:15, 16). What is yours?

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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