The Will Of God And Our Lives

Thiruvananthapuram, India
March 13, 2010 4:36am CST
It is often maintained that God has a design for each one of us. All human beings are destined to exist and behave in such ways as planned by God. The Will of God for each human being is firm, never to be altered by any other forces. Why then should we be acting on our own whims and innumerable fancies. It is only hope that sustains....definitely not the determination.
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@Hazelrose (2182)
• Philippines
13 Mar 10
Hi sakumar794,If,we only obey and follow the will of God our life will be full of Blessings.But because we are only human,sometimes we can do against his will.The most important is to ask always his forgiveness and his guidance.Good luck.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
13 Mar 10
Very good answer!!!!
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
13 Mar 10
How do we know that our whims and fancies are not part of the plan that God has determined for us? We cannot know God's plans or judge how He works. The question is maybe, Does the outcome determine the merit?
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
13 Mar 10
I agree with you, we do not know what Gods will is in our lives always...I have went on my own & made many mistakes, and when i do this i learn by my mistakes.....Lately i have been asking for Gods help and just waiting on him to work it out and it seems i do much better these days..All my mistakes that i have made has been made because i did what I wanted to do, so therefore i have failed quite a few times and the lessons i learn was good, but had i ask Gods will instead of plunging forward i would not had to go through the rough part of learning a ;lesson the hard way....LOL
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I agree totally. In some cases I have learned to late that the longer and harder path was not what God intended. Maybe the hardest lesson was to learn to listen to Him. Oh well, better to learn late than not at all, right?
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
13 Mar 10
i FEEL THAT God has a plan for our lives but we do not always pray and ask his help, so we struggle along doing what we want to do , and we get ourselves into many messes..God will never force his will upon us , but if we pray and ask his help , he will lead us in the right direction.......I have done it both ways , and when i do what I want i often get myself into a mess.....I recently was in a jam & did not know what to do, so i ask Gods help and waited & he worked it all out for me...and it turned out good for me...
@snoopyfan (1315)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I am right on that same boat as you slickcut. When I go off God's path it doesn't work out. when I get back on His path things go smoothly. Isn't God wonderful no matter how many times we fall He picks us right back up and sets us on our way. God Bless
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@derek_a (10898)
13 Mar 10
We have free will, and if you believe in God, then it is God that gives us that free will. God isn't going to take it back once he has given it to us, as that would mean God would punish us. Punishment isn't good, therefore if we feel punished it is ourselves that are delivering that punishment through guilt. I see God, not as a deity who doles out rules, but as an energy that permeates all things. What we do with that energy, is up to us, but because like attracts like, if we misuse that energy, we will experience it's misuse. OIf we use that energy for good, we will feel good. As a Zen practitioner, I have realized that when I can beyond the realms of this world of opposites, it is quite clear that we are creating our own world, and that world can be happy and peaceful or miserable and voilent. _Derek
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@Hatley (164338)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Mar 10
hi derek that second paragraph is so excellent thanks wish I could'have put my own thoughts as well as you have, God gave us free will and I think he trusts us to use it wisely. it is up to us, I believe in God but not as a tyrant.
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
14 Mar 10
I think that God’s way is the right and only way but having the power of free will our ego sometimes thinks that it can take over and sort things out itself only to discover that it was a waste of time and we end up having to surrender to the will of God anyway and, if we don’t there will be personal demons to contend with. I image that learning to surrender to our fate is one of the life lessons that we are here to learn while on the earth plane. I am guessing that it is one of the hardest lessons to learn.
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@jd107nette (1456)
• Philippines
14 Mar 10
hi sukumar794... Your post reminds me so much of the feeling I had when my dad passed... he was diagnosed with cancer and we did what we could but there was no way we could keep him, it was like God called on to him and no matter how we beg and pray, we could only hope. i even felt that if he only listens and if he wills, no matter how terminal the cancer is, with just one flick of his finger, it would all be gone... no doctors could cure him, they even gave up on him and though we prayed we still lost him. To comfort us, the elders and neighbors would tell us that it was my dad's time. The time God has set for him to go. that time when it seemed like God won't listen to our cries for mercy for him to spare our father. But like you said, God's will is firm. like, no tears could make him change his mind... but i have come to realize that he gave us our freewill so we could decide. i learned this from reading the book of Matthew. when Lord Jesus was praying to the Almighty Father, he knelt and prayed for 3 times like he was afraid of what was going to happen to him. Jesus had it harder. he knew what was coming, yet he did not pray that God save him from the suffering, instead he said 'your will be done'. in the end, although he did die, he received the greatest reward of all, to be in God's right hand. whatever God has designed for us after taking my father with him, i have no idea... though i was against him in this one, i still believe his plans are way better than the ones i have in mind...
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@celticeagle (122870)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Mar 10
I am an agnostic and I find it very difficult to believe that a God of mercy and foresight could possibly be that hard set on each of us having a certain destiny to exist in. I do believe in destiny and fate and even a bit in reincarnation. I just believe it is different that what God has in store. Heaven and Earth and all that.
@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
13 Mar 10
hi,, if only people realize the will of God then we have a peaceful world but some people doesnt believe it, so they ruined the GODs plan
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@Hatley (164338)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Mar 10
sukumar794 I have a hard time accepting this idea of everything being preordained, why did God give us freewill if he has already decided for us, this does not make much sense to me as I see a loving God who wants the best for us but he gives us free will and trusts in us to do the best we can, this is like saying you want to be a doctor and your dad and God both ordain you must be a preacher even though your talents and abilities all show you to be ready to take medical training? no I think he trusts us and he guides us too but he does not force us at all. I am a Christian but so much stuff being pushed onto me I think is just one person's idea of what God wants.After all being a doctor is a noble calling just as much as a preacher is.
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
29 Mar 10
yes..many times i have felt that we are just puppet in his hands...whatever we think and try but what happens is his wish....what we can do is just try to get and hope for the best...but what and how much and when is all decided by him...
26 Mar 10
The will of God is the very best thing that will happen to our lives.... God's plans is for our betterment and for our better future...
@BYOLA2871 (4373)
• South Africa
16 Mar 10
In my understanding about God"s will and humanity,God ahs a will for each and every one but He will never force you to go by His will ,the only thing i realise is that in as much as He wants the best for each of us He gave us a will to choose to either follow Him or do as we wish thats why we all have willa nd the righjt to choose ,most of the time what we really want are not the things we need and may not even be the things that will benefit our existence but His will is clearly laid out for us to see in the bible
• Philippines
16 Mar 10
God designed us with his own image. and we are all beautiful in the eyes of God. and because of his loved he gave us free will to choose which is right and wrong..
• India
15 Mar 10
This is also akin to Hindu philosophy which says that whatever happens will happen…we have only our actions in our control, we cant control the consequences or we cant determine our success or failure in life. I have given some thought to this philosophy and I find it comforting yet defeating at the same time. Its comforting when we are passing through the low points in our life, when we feel like giving up or when we feel abandoned by God…its in times like these that its comforting to know that come what may, God is watching over us and will never abandon us…we just have to go on doing our work in good faith. However, when we’ve done all we could with all our sincere efforts, yet success eludes us….dont we feel let down? Don’t we feel that life is so unfair? If the consequences are not is our hands, then why put so much effort at all!
@namiya (1598)
• Philippines
14 Mar 10
God has designed for all of us a full life in His kingdom. But while still here on earth He gave us enough knowledge to distinguish good from evil or right from wrong. He has also given us free will to live our life the way we want it to. We were given the right to choose. To attain this full life He has reserved for us depends on how we strive to prefer good over evil. Now, decision is on us if we want to be with Him once our life here ended, or choose to be eternally away from Him and suffer eternal damnation.