The apostle Paul, so full of God’s presence, wrote one of the most amazing books in the New Testament— Colossians. He wrote to the church in Colossae, but also to us today. His prayer was that God would fill us with the knowledge of His will.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1: 9– 10
This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. I so long for us to be filled with the knowledge of His will. We need to know how to live, how to fight, how to love like Him. But we don’t understand the full picture of God’s will for our lives on day one. It comes as an unfolding revelation. This is something that frequently annoys and frustrates us. “Lord, why can’t you just tell me everything now? I don’t like surprises!” Wouldn’t that be great— if we could see the rest of our lives all mapped out in tune with God’s perfect will for us? But it’s not going to happen.
First, if we knew beforehand all the experiences God would take us through in the future, in order to shape in us the likeness of His Son Jesus, we might run away from them.
Second, if God gave us the full picture, perfect knowledge of the future, we would not be required to trust Him.
Third, if we had the full picture, it would leave no room for faith.
We are to grow in the knowledge of God— not have it all downloaded into us at once like programming a robot. God delights in revealing His will to us, but He will reveal to us what we need to live and serve Him today. One day at a time— we discover the unfolding pattern of His grace.