1 Peter 1-2

Read 1 Peter 1-2.

God’s will can feel elusive. At major decision points in our lives, many of us have asked or hoped for an unmistakable sign that reads, “THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD.” Then–we reason–we could move forward with confidence in that direction.

But what if God’s will for our lives is more about knowing who we are than knowing exactly what to do in any given situation? Peter identifies believers as “sojourners and exiles.” It is who we are in Christ–people called out of the darkness into his marvelous light, a people formed by mercy, people on the move. When he writes about the will of God, he says, “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.” Admittedly, this isn’t the answer we’re usually looking for when we are wondering about God’s will. We want to know whether to commit to the relationship or choose this career or make the deal or take the job or buy the house, but these aren’t the questions answered by Peter, or the other authors of scripture for that matter.

God’s will for every decision that comes before us might not be as clear as we would like, but His will for the totality of our lives as sojourners and exiles is clear. That reality could paralyze us with fear that we will make the wrong choice on a given day, but Peter offers a different perspective. He suggests that what we know about God’s will is enough to set us free to live as servants of God, confident in His grace, who treat everyone with honor and love one another. This is the will of God.

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