JOHN 4:32-34: “Jesus told them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” The disciples asked each other, “Did someone bring him something to eat?” Jesus told them, “My food is to do what the one who sent me wants me to do and to finish the work he has given me.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Am I doing God’s will in my life? This morning in my devotions, I encountered two verses that made me pause and ask this question. The first was this passage in the Gospel of John, and the second was a passage from the Book of Proverbs.
- “It is the LORD’s blessing that makes a person rich, and hard work adds nothing to it.” (Proverbs 10:22 GW)
And so the thought crystallized – I can live life engaged in fulfilling God’s will, or I can simply live life. Both paths can lead to provision, even abundance – yet only one path will lead to blessing. It is possible to achieve position, riches, and honor – without ever achieving blessing. Only the blessing of the Lord truly makes one rich, and only doing the will of God leads one to this blessing.
The Psalmist declares,
- “If the LORD does not build the house, it is useless for the builders to work on it. If the LORD does not protect a city, it is useless for the guard to stay alert. It is useless to work hard for the food you eat by getting up early and going to bed late. The LORD gives ⌊food⌋ to those he loves while they sleep.” (Psalms 127:1-2 GW)
The Book of Proverbs espouses hard work as a virtue. However, hard work alone does not lead to blessing. The only thing that leads to true blessing is obedience to God’s will. We can rise up early, toil until night, and it can all be but in vain. We can gain the whole world, but lose our own soul. As the Apostle Paul so aptly wrote – “…If only in this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most pitiable.” (I Corinthians 15:9).
So much of our Biblical teaching today is about personal success and fulfillment. There is not much talk about the cross, or sacrificing for the will of God. The Christian bookstores are filled with titles that are no different than the self-help isle in the secular book store. We need a rediscovery of titles like “Absolute Surrender”, and “My Utmost for His Highest”. Only a life lived in true surrender and obedience will lead to the blessing of true riches. It is not – “Lord, help my kingdom come, my will be done.” It is – “YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE, ONE EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.”
Lord, forgive me for all the times I have ignorantly, purposefully, or negligently missed Your will for my life. Grant me the grace to hunger for the food that never perishes, the food of doing Your will, and fulfilling Your work for my life. Today, may each step that I take, and each breath that I breathe, be filled with a sense of purpose and worship in fulfilling Your will.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, IN MY LIFE – as it is in heaven!
In Jesus Name!