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Prove What is Good


“. . . That ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

(Romans 12:2)


If you translate this strictly by word order, you get something like what the NAS has:

(Rom 12:2 NASB) “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

It’s when you’ve presented your body to God and have allowed Him to renew your mind, that you are now in a position to "prove" or "test" what God’s will is.

Prove – dokimazo – to test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as metals; to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, deem worthy

God is concerned with making the person, not just giving today’s instructions.

Sometimes we get consumed with certain issues regarding God’s will. We want some kind of guidance as to the specific decisions we face in life. We want to know who to marry, what job to take, where to live, etc.

But it’s become my impression that God isn’t as much concerned about specific decisions as He is about what we’re becoming. Don’t get me wrong, I believe God is very concerned about which specific decisions we make. But I believe He is even more concerned about what kind of person we’re becoming.

When you get to the point where you’ve presented your body to God, and you’ve been letting Him renew your mind, then you’re in a position to find out what God’s will is.

Chuck Smith:

"Too often we assume that God only reveals His will in exotic ways such as tinglings down the spine or fiery letters in the sky. When I entered Bible college, I learned that some students had seen visions or messages emblazoned in the sky calling them into the ministry. I didn't have any such experiences. Actually, I had the least spectacular call to the ministry of anyone in school. All I had was a desire to serve God by learning more of His Word. After all these years I'm one of the few from my class still in the ministry. Many former classmates are selling cars or working in some such occupation. I sometimes wonder what happened to those fiery letters in the sky. When we expect the will or call of God to come in dramatic ways, we don't anticipate the natural ways by which He so often leads us. Many times during the day God's hand is leading me, but I'm not even aware of it. Some people expect a divine signal system to give them directions. "Turn left! Beep! Beep! Go forward..." They're looking for the spectacular, so they bemoan the fact that they've never been led by God. In looking over my life's situations, I realize that God has worked out things with perfect timing. My hindsight shows me that my promptings to do a particular thing had come from God. God leads us in natural ways. He said that He would write His Law on the tablets of our hearts."

Will – thelema – what one wishes or has determined shall be done; of what God wishes to be done by us; will, choice, inclination, desire, pleasure

This isn’t necessarily God’s almighty decree that He declares and nothing can stop it. But this is a little more the idea of what God desires, what God wishes for us.

Good – agathos – of good constitution or nature; useful; excellent, distinguished

There is nothing bad or evil about God’s will.

(1 John 1:5 KJV) “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

We all know people who try to trick us and manipulate us to do their "will", and it’s something that is not a good thing.

But God’s will for us is pure and good.

Acceptable – euarestos – well pleasing, acceptable

God’s will is wonderful. This is the same word used to describe the living sacrifices we are to make to the Lord (Rom. 12:1). We are a sweet aroma to the Lord as a living sacrifice, and His will for us is a sweet aroma for us.

Perfect – teleios – brought to its end, finished; wanting nothing necessary to completeness; perfect.

God’s will is all we need. We don’t need to be seeking things outside of God’s will to be complete people.

Don’t be afraid of His will.

I think that sometimes we get the idea that God is out to ruin our lives. He’s always doing "good" things for us, but they’re always the yucky, brussel-sprouts kind of "good". We’re afraid that if we give ourselves totally to the Lord, then He’ll send us to Africa. We’re afraid that if we really stop worrying about who we’re going to marry, and put it in God’s hands, that God is going to pick out some really ugly, weird person with very bad breath.

(Psa 37:4 KJV) “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

We often look at that verse and focus on the "promise" at the end and say, "Gosh, I can get whatever I want from God!"

But God’s focus on that verse is to for us to become people who find their delight in Him. The issue isn’t the "getting of stuff". The issue is whether or not I’m becoming a person who is falling more and more in love with God. And in fact, when I find myself delighting in Him, I find that all the "stuff" fades away and isn’t all that important any more. I find that when I’m delighting in Him, all that’s left in my heart, all the "desires" that are left are only the kinds of things that He desires for me. I’m not so sure this verse is a promise about getting "things", it’s a promise about getting "desires".

It doesn’t say He will give us the "dreads" of our heart, but the "desires". God’s will is good. It’s well-pleasing. It’s perfect.



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