be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; Colossians 1:9
Yesterday I talked about praying the perfect prayer from the passage in Colossians chapter one. So today I want to unpack this prayer some. The phrase I want to focus on today is “be filled with the knowledge of His will.” How do I get filled with the knowledge of His will. Of course you start with praying and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will. After you pray, you are now waiting for the answer to be evident in your life. As you wait, there are some things you can do to help the process along. So, if you are filled, you are full up to be overflowing with it. As you use this knowledge of His will, you will need to keep refilling, kind of like putting gas in your car, you have to keep refilling it after you use some. If I want to be full of the knowledge of anything, I go to the place where the knowledge (information) is. For example, if I want to be full of the knowledge of the sky, I would fill my mind up with information about the sky. I would read book, get magazines, do internet research and probably get a telescope. I would learn so much about the sky that the information filled my thoughts. I would be thinking about it while I was doing other things. I would be talking about it every chance I got and I would be asking questions about the sky to anyone who had some knowledge about the subject.
It’s the same thing with filling up with the knowledge of God’s will. We know God has a will and we know His will extends to His plans for our lives. So, we start by talking to Him. We ask Him to make His will plain and clear. We ask Him to empower us to follow His will and we listen to the things He is speaking to our heart each day. This has to be done on purpose and will require you to set aside time each day to get to know Him and His will better. Second, we fill our minds and spirits up with His written Word. God’s written Word is His will. Every promise He made in the Bible is His will written out for you. We can begin to follow all instruction we read in His Word and know we are filling up with the knowledge of His will. We do things such as tithing, connecting with other, loving others and forgiving others just to name a few. We know God will never leave us. He wants to spend as much time with you as you can give to Him. He is always available and will never turn you away. In His Word we can find out His will for the world around us. For example, He is not willing or we could say it is not God’s will that anyone should perish (2 Peter 3:9). We know things that He is planning for the future because He explained them in the book.
Being filled with the knowledge of God’s will is not hard at all, you simply give your attention to, study and learn all you can about who God is and what His plans are. When you put aside the things that you usually do in your spare time that are not productive, you are then in a position to use that time to talk to Him and learn more about your Heavenly Father and His will. Jesus is our ultimate example and He knows the will of His Father. He prayed in the garden, “Father, not my will but Yours be done.” He knew that God had a plan to save the people of the world from the destruction they were headed toward and He knew His part in that plan. He surrendered and humbled Himself to that plan and we should do the same.
Today I want to encourage you to get filled up with the knowledge of God’s will for your life. Start with spending time with Him each day in prayer and reading His Word. Spend time in worship with music or with psalms. Learn everything you can in His Word and the promises He made to you. Lastly, put away the things that have no eternal value in your life and determine today to submit and surrender to the will of God by being filled up with it on a consistant basis.
Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 1:9-14