God’s Will — The Big Picture
In Romans 12:2, God’s Word promises: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
According to this verse in Romans, the will of God is good, acceptable, and perfect. There’s absolutely no indication here that the Lord’s plan for you will be unbearable, something you’ll hate, or something that’ll ruin your life. On the contrary, what the Father envisions for you is “good and acceptable and perfect.” These three words should fill all of us with peace and confidence.
Let’s take a deeper look at them.
- First, God’s will is good. The Lord’s plan is morally honorable, excellent, and beneficial to you. It may not always appear to be so at first. But we must remember that God promises to cause all things to work together for our good (Rom. 8:28). The Father is very careful about what He permits to touch our lives. Why? Simply because He Himself is good. Psalm 145:9 affirms that “the Lord is good to all.”
- Second, the Lord’s plan for you is acceptable. It’s both well-pleasing to God but also satisfying to you. The Lord receives you on the basis of what Jesus did on the cross. Once you’ve received Christ as your Savior, you’re accepted before the Father forever. And because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in you and the Word of God as your guide, you can live in a manner well-pleasing to the Lord. In fact, Philippians 2:13 asserts, “It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” The Father patiently teaches you how to walk with Him—leading you along the way. So not only is it possible to live in an acceptable manner before Him, but God is committed to helping you do so.
- Finally, God’s will for you is perfect. When we read the word “perfect,” we may be daunted by thoughts of having to maintain a flawless walk with the Lord. But that’s not what’s intended here. The Greek word teleios that’s used is better translated “finished; brought to maturity; enabled to reach the goal; needing nothing for completeness.” Friend, the Father has no half-baked schemes—especially when it comes to your life. You may not know His full plan … but He does. He knows “the end from the beginning” (Isa. 46:10), and He can and will bring it to absolute completion.
God’s Word promises you that the Lord’s will is good, acceptable, and perfect. Who wouldn’t want to serve a God that loving and full of care? Today, rest in the assurance that His good, acceptable, and perfect will is not only well within your reach, but that He’s also committed to working it out in your life as you trust in Him.