By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
We often talk about the will of God and the importance of doing it, but how does one find the will of God? Throughout my life, I have watched God reveal His will to me, and I have never regretted choosing to follow His will. I haven’t always understood His will at the time, but in time I have always found that His will is much better than mine.
Jesus said in the verse above, “Lo, I come…to do thy will, O God.” Jesus understood that His purpose in life was not to do His will, but to do the will of the Father. Jesus chose to follow His Father’s will. The verse above gives four statements about God’s will and finding it. Let me point these four statements with you.
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First, I want you to notice the word, “will.” Everybody has a choice of what to do in life. God never forces anyone to do His will. When I was a young man, I nearly missed God’s will for my life because my will got in the way. I was already called to preach, but I had the opportunity to become a pilot in the Air Force. I had a choice at that moment; I could do my will or I could choose to follow God’s will. What is interesting is that God never forced me to follow His will when I was battling between His will and mine, but His Holy Spirit certainly convicted me and prodded me as to what I was supposed to do. You must always remember that you have a choice to either do your will or to follow God’s will.
Second, I want you to notice the words, “thy will.” You will never be happy in life until you follow God’s will for your life. You were created to do God’s will, and doing anything outside of what God created you to do will never bring fulfillment or enjoyment in life. You certainly have a choice to do your will, but if you want to enjoy what you do in life, you would be wise to follow God’s will instead of yours.
Third, I want you to notice the word, “do.” God’s will is not as much a where as it is a what. Too many are trying to find where God’s will is when they are missing that God’s will is doing what you are supposed to do for God. God’s will is an action; not an object or a place. You can’t find God’s will by sitting in a church and doing nothing. You will find God’s will for your life by getting busy and serving the LORD. God’s will is for you to be a personal soul winner. God’s will is for you to bring people to church. God’s will is for you to help people become what they are supposed to become. God’s will is not sitting and waiting, but God’s will is staying busy and serving. Those who sit and wait will sit and wait for the rest of their lives; however, those who get busy and serve the LORD will find that God will show His will to them.
Fourth, I want you to notice the words, “I come.” You will always find where God wants you to do His will when you choose to do what He wants you to do. God showed Paul where to go when he got busy and did what he was supposed to do. You will always find where you are supposed to be when you are doing what you are supposed to do. Stop worrying about where you are supposed to be and just get busy doing what you are supposed to do. It is then that God will show you where He wants you to go.
Do you want to find God’s will? Let me encourage you to surrender your will to His, and get busy serving God because it is then that you will find where He wants you to be.
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Bro. Domelle started traveling as a full-time evangelist in 1990. Throughout the years of being an evangelist, God allowed him to preach in 49 of the 50 states and several foreign countries, see thousands of people saved, and thousands of decisions made by believers in those meetings.
On April 15, 2018, Bro. Domelle took the pastorate at Maranatha Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma. He continues to travel and hold meetings while pastoring a growing church. Bro. Domelle also co-founded the Old Paths Conference which is a Baptist conference that strongly promotes the old-time ways. He has authored several books, and is the founder and editor of the Old Paths Journal.
Bro. Domelle believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to win people to Christ. He personally wins many people to Christ each year. He has also seen several men saved under his ministry who have been called to preach and are now pastoring here in the States or serving as missionaries on foreign fields.
Bro. Domelle and his wife, Sandy, have been happily married since 1994. They have one daughter, Caitlyn.