Lesson 12 - November 19, 2017
Focus Text: Genesis 24:10-20
Central Truth: Knowing God’s will gives confidence for all life’s choices.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list ways we can know God’s will.
- Prospects for a Bride (Genesis 24:1-27)
- Proposal to the Bride (Genesis 24:28-49)
- Preparation of the Bride (Genesis 24:50-60)
- Presentation of the Bride (Genesis 24:61-67)
Continue reading Finding God’s Will
Read Isaiah 45:18-25
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (v. 22).
What does God want me to do? We ask God to reveal His will for our lives in so many areas. What school should I attend? What career should I pursue? Who should I marry? Where should I live? What church should I attend? In these areas, God's will is certain to vary from person to person. There is one area, however, where God's will is the same for all of us. Verse 22 tells us that we are all to look to Him for salvation. Second Peter 3:9 tells us that He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” God wants all to be saved. The “whosoever” in John 3:16 applies to us all. Have you received God's gift of salvation? If not, confess and repent of your sins, and believe in Him for salvation. Do your unsaved friends understand what it means to be saved? Do they know that it is God's plan for their lives? (Daniel Merkley)
I am happy today, and the sun shines bright,
The clouds have been rolled away;
For the Savior said, whosoever will
May come with Him to stay.
“Whosoever” surely meaneth me,
Surely meaneth me, oh, surely meaneth me;
“Whosoever” surely meaneth me,
“Whosoever” meaneth me.
— James E. McConnell (Public Domain)
p style="text-align:center;">“Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).
This devotional is the Wednesday, January 25, 2017 entry of Opening the Word.
"Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour" (John 12:27).
In "Biblical Perspective" Randall McElwain writes:
There were two possible responses to the question, “What shall I say?” “A prayer to be saved from the hour . . . or a prayer that the Father’s name would be glorified” (New Bible Comm.). Although Jesus was troubled by the prospect of crucifixion, the first response was impossible in light of His surrender to the will of His Father. This left the second option, Father, glorify thy name. Jesus provided a model for every Christian; just as He surrendered His will to His Father’s will, we must surrender our desires, ambitions, and goals to the will of our Heavenly Father. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, a voice from heaven authenticated His min- istry (Matt. 3:17). Later, at the Transfiguration, the voice from heaven testified to His divine sonship (Luke 9:28-36). Now, at the end of His ministry, the voice from heaven testified that His death was part of the Father’s plan.
Source: Jesus, Son of God: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 12.