1 Thessalonians 4
Focus on verse 3-5
Those of us who follow Jesus and seek to obey God in the way we live our lives, desire to know the will of God as it pertains to us as individuals, as well as corporately in our churches. In this search for God’s will for our lives, we sometimes spend inordinate amounts of time attempting to discern what God’s will might be for matters that He essentially has given into our hands to decide. While I would agree that there is no thing too small or insignificant for God to care about, I rather suspect that He leaves many of the routine choices we make each day in our hands since the consequences of wearing blue socks instead of black typically are not earth shattering…unless they are not matching and my wife sees them.
Again it is not that God does not care, but it is a decision that has little long term effect on us.
On the other hand, there are choices that do have long term effects, and these are choices that we can use help with in making. There are also facets of God’s will that He clearly spells out for us in His word. In today’s reading Paul just straight up says it in plain language,
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; (v 3-5)
The ramifications of that short statement in our current culture is not only immensely politically incorrect, but profoundly convicting! There are other places where God clearly tells us that there are things He expects those who follow Him to do – things like: living a sanctified life, studying His word so that we can explain it to seekers, and sharing the gospel with those who ask us about why we are different. I think we can safely assume that these things are also in line with His will for our behavior.
As I think about this, it would seem to me that God gives us enough clear instruction regarding what His will for us is that if we began to implement what we DO know into our daily life, we probably would find less need, and likely little time to be pondering whether or not his will is for us to wear blue or black socks.