~ He Treats Us As Individuals ~
Should a father encourage and direct his children differently?
The following is an excerpt from a book.
Consider the imagery in Scripture of God as our heavenly Father. This is probably the most pervasive of all images we have of God. Think of what that relationship means in human terms. For example, as a father, I had desires or a general will for each of my two daughters as they grew to maturity. Included in my general desire was that they would both grow into adulthood as honest, upright Christians who marry another strong believer. In fact, even before my wife was pregnant we as a couple prayed not only for our future children’s eternal salvation but that God would be preparing His choice of a life partner for them.
However, as a father I also had more specific wishes, desires, based largely on my children’s abilities and skills. Because they were talented in different ways, my desires were not identical for both of them. My general desires were identical, but I had specific desires for each which were based on their personalities, talents, and interests. As a father I did not reveal all my secret wishes unless and until they sought counsel from me. Do you think our heavenly Father operates differently?
The Specific Will of God, like the General Will of God, expresses what pleases God but is focused on what pleases Him in specific instances—it relates to you specifically and to decisions that you make. Unfortunately, it is not clearly laid out in Scripture and is not always carried out—but you can know it and do it! My definition of His specific will is God’s desire for you.
~ from “THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH: Understanding God’s Will for You” by Robert Lloyd Russell, pgs 7-8 (ISBN: 9781606474303)
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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