Knowing God's Will is a wonderful thing. How do we find out what God's Will is? Today's text is one way:
A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. Mark 1:40
Jesus had left Capernaum and had traveled through other towns teaching and healing. He had become very well known (by reputation) to most everyone in the region. He had just finished a time of teaching up on a mountaintop and was headed to another location (Matthew 8:1). This man came to Jesus, knelt before Him and begged the statement "If you are willing, You can". This is the perfect example of seeking out God's Will. Here is why I think so:
1. He didn't assume that he knew God's Will or Timing. Considering how horrible the leprosy disease was you might think that it would always be God's Will to heal a person of it but this man had borne this disease for some time and didn't assume that Jesus would automatically take it away from Him this day. You can hear a basic question from the man "Are You willing?" or "Is it Your will?". When we assume to know God's Will we don't always get it right. Sometimes God's Will and our desires match and His answer is yes. Other times, our will and God's Will do not match and we get an answer of no. Still other times, our will and God's Will match but our timing doesn't match His and we get the answer "not yet".
2. Even though He didn't yet know God's Will, He still believed that Jesus could heal him. This man said 'If You are willing, You can". He didn't doubt his knowledge of the power of God, he just didn't know if he knew God's Will in the matter. What an example! Too often, we assume we know God's Will but lack faith when it comes to His abiblity to perform.
3. He lowered himself beneath The Lord. He did this physically by kneeling but this represents him doing so spiritually as well. He put his own will and desire underneath the authority of Jesus. You will not discern God's Will effectively as long as your will is lifted high above Jesus in your life...this only makes for a battle...you vs. God. You don't want or need that. Humble yourself below the power and will of God.
4. He waited for a response. Waiting is not easy, especially if we suffer. The man knelt and awaited a verdict from God. What would God say?
You and I should seek God's will in similar fashion. We have the powerful gift of His Word (The Bible) and the amazing blessing of prayer (talking to and listening to God) as well as the blessing of God's Holy Spirit to lead us along. Are you seeking God's Will for your life? Here is a great verse to remember:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)