Man must make choices in relationship to God's will. Right from the beginning God showed this when Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden. God's will for Adam and Eve was to name the animals, tend the Garden, have companionship with each other, and reproduce to populate the earth. Most important though, was they were to maintain intimate fellowship with God. Great job if you can get it. But God also warned Adam and Eve about what was not of His will. They were forbidden to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And we all know how that turned out.
The entire Bible is a history of decisions which individuals and nations made in relation to God's will. God has included all of this so that we can learn from both the successes and failures of these men and women. There is an expression, "Those who do not remember their past are doomed to repeat it, and those who do not remember the mistakes of the past are just doomed."
One of the most exciting revelations in the entire Bible is that God has a definite plan for each and every individual. In order to fulfill these plans though you must come to know God's voice. You have to learn how He has communicated in times past and how He speaks today.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be looking into how God speaks to man and learn how we can find God's will for our lives. I hope also to answer some questions you may have about overcoming wrong decisions, and what to do if you feel you have missed the will of God. Jesus taught us that He does speak to us and guide us throughout our lives:
I am the good shepherd and know my sheep, and am known of mine. . . And other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:14,16,27)