[CF Devotionals] 2009-08-28 - Knowing and Doing God's Will ~ Part 4

Fourth Category ~ Knowing and Not Doing

The fourth group consists of people that know God's will but deliberately do not do it. Jonah is a well-known example of knowing what God's will is and simply refusing to be obedient.

Jonah 1:2-3

  1. Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
  2. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

Verse 2 is God's will revealed and verse 3 is God's will rejected. Jonah ran from God's will. Jonah paid a price for it. First he was thrown overboard and then swallowed by a whale. He had plenty of time to think. Ignoring God has its consequences.

James 4:17 - Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin

If your mom says "Clean your room" and you don't. You're not technically "doing wrong" because you're not "doing" anything. But you knew what was right and didn't do it. That's the same thing.

So now comes the question, what is God's will? If you're lost it's simply this: come to know Him as your personal Lord and Savior. If you're a Christian then this month's teen Sunday School focus says it all in four steps:

  • Worship - worship Him because he is worthy to be praised
  • Prepare - prepare for His return
  • Serve - serve Him. do all in His name
  • Pray - fellowship with Him

Luke 12:43-44,47

  1. Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
  2. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
  1. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

He will only ask us to do what we can handle. He will reward us for it and punish us if we don't Now back to James. Looking at James 1:22, it says, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." How many of you know about baseball? If there's a runner on 1st the play is at second right? Yes. As a little league coach you would tell your kids this right? Yes and probably all coaches do but do they always do it? No. Why? Because they are hearers and not doers. Just like the little league coach, God tells us what to do but like the little leaguers sometimes we don't.


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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted