Supremacy Of The Will Of God (2)

HE paid the fare to Tarshish from his own pocket. He was running the cost of life at his own expense. So much energy will be required to keep such life sustained. The journey was so rough for him: the disobedience to running the will of God put his life and that of every other passenger at risk. It was so bad that he was thrown out of the ship into the river. Calmness did not return to the ship until he was let out of the cabin into the river. The ‘quality’ of life can be so low and the ‘cost’ very high whenever you are running against the will of God.
However, the cost was almost zero when he was ready to do the will of God.
Jonah 1:17, 2:9-10, 3:1-3;
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights…But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord . And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land …And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord . Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.
When Jonah eventually did the bidding of the Lord, he never paid the fare from his pocket. The Lord arranged for his safety in the midst of the sea and took care of the fare to his destination. High quality was delivered at low cost. His will is supreme to your plans.
I wrote earlier on that the Will of God is stronger than your:
Hannah in the bible was the first wife of her husband, Elkanah. She waited on the Lord for many years to be blessed with fruit of the womb. The holy book recorded that she showed up yearly in “Shiloh” to pray. There was a particular year that she tied her request to the will of God. Her expectations in prayer was just in tune with the agenda of God for that moment.
1 Samuel 1:10-11 KJVS
[10] And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord , and wept sore. [11] And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
The children of Eli, the high priest were already misbehaving in the temple. God was looking for a replacement to Eli. God changed His mind about the perpetual priesthood of Eli and His household. He decided to look for another man outside of Eli’s household.
1 Samuel 2:30, 35.
[30] Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
[35] And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever. Hannah’s request was just in alignment with the will of God. The best form of prayer is doing it in line with God’s will. Prayer is simply returning the word of God back to Him. The highest form of the will of God is His word. A lot of prayers are unanswered because it is against the will of God. That is why the will of God is supreme to your prayers. You can pray, but you cannot answer your prayers. Hence, do not be so zealous to pray at the expense of the Will of God.
The bible says in
1 John 5:14-15 KJVS
[14] And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
There are many times that our needs blind our focus in prayers. It does not matter how desperate and urgent the needs are, they should line up with the principle of answered prayers. Our inadequacy in the art of prayers is one of the help Holy Spirit provides in a believer’s life. The Holy Spirit knows what is in the mind of the Father( God) and can then help us to pray it right.
Romans 8:26-27 KJVS
[26] Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. [27] And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
So many selfish prayers do not receive attention in heaven. It is selfish when your motives are wrong. The reason why God should answer your prayer for blessing is not to be an oppressor when the blessings come. When Hannah stopped focusing on her rival’s provocation and tied her desire to God’s house, her womb got opened for a release. She needed a male child and God needed a priest to replace Eli. Prayer is not just to defend man but to prove that God is indeed the all powerful.
James 4:3 KJVS
[3] Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
The focus of prayer should not negate the Will of God. When you are in the CENTRE of God’s will, He assumes the responsibility of protecting you. Stepping out of His will is moving into a danger zone. Men have wrestled with the will of God at the detriment of their lives and alteration of God’s purpose. He will never force but instruct you to do His will. The outcome of wrestling His will often leads to pain. Abraham, the patriarch of faith stepped out of the will of God. God never planned Ishmael for him as a son. He was promised Isaac but yielded to his wife (Sarah)for a short cut. Since the one God promised was not forthcoming, they decided to have a substitute in Hagar, the house maid. This led to anarchy in his house and the rivalry till this present age.
Genesis 16:1-4 KJVS
[1] Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. [2] And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. [3] And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. [4] And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
The arrival of Ishmael led to chaos in the family. It took God’s intervention not to allow the child of the bondwoman to subvert the plans of God in Isaac. The covenant was to continue in Isaac and not Ishmael. Had God not intervened, Abraham would have insisted that Ishmael had the same right and stake in the house as Isaac, since he too was born as a son. Though he left the house, he was ever a threat to the promise child.
Genesis 21:10-12 KJVS
[10] Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. [11] And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. [12] And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
A great lesson in this piece is to avoid following your option when the one promised you seems to be late. Another quick lesson I want to show you is in the life of King Hezekiah. He did very well and promoted the things of God in his reign. He became sick and God decided to allow him die. Prophet Isaiah was sent to him to set his house in order, prepare his will and leave the scene. The story is found in 2 Kings 20 & 21. The king maneuvered his way and secured additional 15 years to his life.
2 Kings 20:1-3,5-6 KJVS
[1] In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord , Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. [2] Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord , saying, [3] I beseech thee, O Lord , remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. [5] Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord , the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord . [6] And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
It was rather unfortunate to know that he had a child called Manasseh within this additional years. The child was his successor but returned Judah to idolatry. All that Hezekiah labored to build before was ruined. It was as if Hezekiah never lived because the son that came during the time he was permitted to extend his life perverted everything. He wrestled the plan of God about his lifespan and the whole nation got bad for it. Though he was no more, everything he left behind got perished.
2 Kings 21:1-3,10-11 KJVS
[1] Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzi-bah. [2] And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord , after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. [3] For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. [10] And the Lord spake by his servants the prophets, saying, [11] Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:
May nothing cancels your labour in life and destiny.
From these bible stories, we can see the supremacy of His will over our prayers, problems and plans. As good and genuine these maybe, let us be careful not to pursue them outside of God’s will. I will proceed in this article to show you how to discover the will of God in various aspect of our lives. Also, to identify various form of Wills that confront our choices in life.
Remain steadfast and progressive in the will of God.