I woke up this morning thinking about “blessings.” We all know that God moves in “mysterious ways”; and sometimes, it’s just us trying to have OUR way. One thing that I have learned, that I want to make clear, is that God’s will is clearly written in the Bible. AND, God has given us the ability to CHOOSE what we want and how we want to live our lives. But, just because we want something, doesn’t make that thing God’s will. And, just because He allows us to have it, and even turns it around for our good, does not mean that the way we got it was ever His will.
Now I KNOW I’m about to step on some toes writing this, but it must be expressed. Please understand: I’m not professing to be perfect. I’ve made plenty of moral mistakes myself. But I was wrong when I made my mistakes, and everyone else was just as wrong when they made theirs. That being said, let me give some examples.
1. When a woman has sex with another woman’s husband and ends up getting pregnant—that’s not God’s will. Yes, I believe children are a blessing. But was this God’s will? No. This pregnancy was biology, the consequence of their actions. Having sex with another woman’s husband is NEVER God’s will and therefore, the consequences of this sin are not His will. Can God bless you in spite of your sin? Absolutely. But don’t expect those blessings to come cheap. You will still have to reap what you sow, one way or another.
2. When a man lies and connives his way to the top of a company—that’s not God’s will. He may get up in church and give a testimony about how God had blessed him on his journey to the top and how this ultimate promotion was God’s will, but don’t be confused; while God allowed this man to behave unethically and immorally to get himself to the top, it was sinful, and therefore, not God’s will. So, is this man blessed? He’s blessed in that he’s still alive with a chance to make amends for his unethical behavior and any damage it caused.
3. When someone “borrows” money from someone (without them knowing) then uses that “borrowed” money to purchase a new car—that’s not God’s will. This clearly is not God’s will (Exodus 20:15). Yes, as children of God, part of our inheritance is to have our own reliable transportation, however, it is never to come from sin. Can the car be enjoyed as a blessing? Maybe, once the offender repents of his sin and corrects the sin, i.e., do his best to make the situation like the sin itself never happened.
I could come up with a few more examples, but the point is this: IT IS NOT GOD’S WILL FOR YOU TO SIN AND ANY “BLESSING” THAT COMES FROM IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT WAS EVER HIS WILL FOR YOU TO SIN. He is good and merciful and often chooses to bless us in spite of ourselves. Many people try to justify their lives and make it okay because part of their life may be in line with God’s will, so they want to believe, however falsely, that their entire life is within God’s will. I urge and encourage all of us to learn exactly what is God’s will, according to the Holy Bible, which is His Word, and examine our lives accordingly. Not to continue to live in denial or self-condemnation, but as a way to become enlightened to His design and will for our lives. And remember, in going about your daily living or lifestyle, the end does not justify the means.