God's Will

Let’s see if I can shed a little light on your question. It is not enough to say everything that happens is God’s will, and all we have to do is accept it passively. That is more like fatalism.
by Father Anthony Bannon, LC | Source:
Q. Dear Fr Anthony,

As I read the e-mail I just received, I am again reminded of doing God’s will. I am always asking myself, “Is this God’s will?” I have read many articles that seem to imply that everything that happens in your life, down to the smallest detail, is God’s will. Are we supposed to believe that everything that happens on a daily basis, day-by-day, is God’s will and we should say, “yes” to everything? That doesn’t make sense to me. I can think of many things I should say, “no” to. Since we can’t see past even the next minute, how do we know that the decision that is facing us, however small, we should say, “yes” to and know that it is right? What if we said, “no” instead of “yes” and found out we were wrong? It doesn’t make sense to me that in following God’s plan, you would regret doing anything. Regret only means you did something you shouldn’t have done. We know that God is perfect and so is his timing, so there can be no regret in following his plan. Are we to assume that no matter what we do, in trying to follow his will, that everything will be according to his plan?

- Jim

A. Dear Jim,

Let’s see if I can shed a little light on your question. It is not enough to say everything that happens is God’s will, and all we have to do is accept it passively. That is more like fatalism. When we ask about God’s will in our lives, we are talking not just about reacting to what happens to us but also about doing what he wants us to do. God made us free. So when we ask about God’s will in our lives there are several levels to distinguish between:- The things that God has done (the family he gave you, your Baptism, etc.) are all God’s will and cannot be changed. - Then we have his commandments, the things he tells us to do or not to do. It is up to us to do them, and if we don’t the results are not his direct will but his toleration of our freedom. His will then is that we repent, learn a lesson, pick ourselves up and go on, making sure to try not to fail again.- There are also those things in which we can figure out God’s will by looking at the circumstances: if you are a student, it is his will that you study and develop your mind, for example.- Then there are the things that seem more optional: the choice between two vocations, for example (marriage or priesthood). He makes some invitations and what we have to figure out is what those mean, and then have the generosity to do them. I hope this clears thing up a little. If not, please drop me another note. I will keep you in my prayers.

God bless.

- Fr Anthony


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Published by: Sue
Date: 2011-06-24 22:41:00
How do I know if God wants me to be a nun? My mother is in the hospital and I feel if I say yes she will get better. I feel helpless.

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