God's Will - Perceptive
Over the last two days, we have walked through the "Sovereign Will of God" and how it can be understood by dividing it into three parts, 1) "God's Perfect Will," 2) "God's Permissive Will," and 3) "God's Perceptive Will." Yesterday we talked about how the "Perfect Will" of God and "Permissive Will" provide us an understanding of how our "free will" still fits into the fact that while we have a choice, God is still Sovereign; but how do we know there is a choice? Or which choice to make? That is due to "God's Perceptive Will."
God is so far beyond us in all ways that it is IMPOSSIBLE for us to completely understand His "Sovereign Will" (See the whole Book of Job), but he has provided us a glimpse at times. Deuteronomy puts it like this:
"The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law." - Deuteronomy 29:29
God's "revealed or 'Preceptive Will'" is not hidden from us. He has chosen to gift us with this revelation through the Word of God and The Holy Spirit! The preceptive Will of God is what God wants us to do or not to do, and it is what all of humanity will be held accountable for on the day of Judgment. And while we have an obligation to obey His revealed Will, we also have the ability to disobey.
So, after all of that (all three days' worth of deep theological thought), what does it all mean? We must have all three aspects of God's "Sovereign Will." If not, we are not talking about God's Will. We have to know that there is a "perfect" plan that God has created for us and the world, and even though God "permits" humanity to sin, he has also allowed us to "perceive" a small part of his plan so that we can be reconciled back to Him through Jesus Christ. And even then, when we continue to dive deep into the revelation that God has shown us, we can better understand the calling that is on each and every one of our lives!
Heavenly Father, I pray that by better understanding your Will, we can better understand you. Lord, help us see you wholeheartedly to better understand your plan and purpose for this world and us. God, we are grateful that you didn't force us into a relationship with you but gave us a choice because, with no true choice, there is no true love. And we genuinely love you. We pray this all in the name of Jesus. Amen.