Permissive Will Vs. Perfect Will

Sep 20, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Mike Olt (30) hits a single in the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

…they sat weeping before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the LORD. Judges 20:26

How often do we go before the Lord in prayer with option A or B… “What do you think Lord?” we ask.  Then when things don’t quite go as we wanted we wonder, “What happened Lord? We prayed about it!?” Quite possibly God had many more options than just A and B and we didn’t even bother to ask Him! We may have gotten the go ahead from God on option “A” however it may have been His permissive will, rather than His perfect will. He was willing to give us A and be with us through it, but if we had asked Him, humbled ourselves and earnestly sought Him and His way…. His plan K, would have been the very best way, His perfect will way.

The Israelites lay out a perfect picture of this in Judges 20. They thought they would take revenge on those who had committed a horrific wrong. They pray in verse 18, Who of us shall go first to fight… Notice they didn’t ask should they fight. They got the go ahead by God but suffered severe loss. They went back to God and wept and prayed again. Again God gave the go ahead. Yet again they met with loss. It wasn’t until the third time in verse 26 they weep, pray, fast, and present many offerings. There is a humbleness about them this time that wasn’t there before and God responds in verse 28 that this time He will give them success and He does, big time.

God was willing to go with their plan and use them as they wanted, as the ones to take revenge on the wrong doers. However after strike two they realized God’s perfect will is best. God gave them permission to use their way and didn’t allow them to strike out, He was with them always through strike one and strike two and allowed success on swing three.

No matter how good my way looks Lord, I’d really rather swing a home-run first time up to bat, swinging only at Your perfect pitch, Your perfect way. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Independent Read: Jeremiah 29:13, Isaiah 55:8-9, Prov. 16:9, Job 42:3

 

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