The Perfect and Permissive Will of God
(This article is from GEMS,
the ministry website of Bro. Augustine Jebakumar)
Gods will is a topic not only coveted by people, also little bit confusing
as far as its practical side is concerned. In order to bring clarity
on that topic, let us take the establishment of Israel monarchy, as
a case study.
There are two levels of Gods will.
1) Perfect will
2) Permissive will
Gods ultimate goal was that He himself should
be their king and rule them. But, He foreknew that Israel people would
demand an human king, seeing gentiles having monarchy governments.
So God already had commanded the code of conduct for the king, in case
of monarchy being established, in Deuteronomy: 17:14-20
When thou art come unto the land which the Lord thy
God giveth thee, and shalt possess it and shalt dwell therein and
shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that
are about me
We read from the prophecies of Jacob in the book of
Genesis that there was a probability of Monarchy.
Genesis: 17: 6
. and kings shall come out of thee
The scepture shall not depart from Judah
he shall yield royal dainties.
Is Divine King double minded ?
Let us be aware of two themes that run simultaneously.
It is my will that I should be your king said
At the same time, He had written that there was a probability
for Monarchy and Dynasty.
Is God double minded? Let us be sure that there is neither
confusion nor contrariness in the Scriptures. Bible is crystal clear.
It was His ultimate goal and perfect will that people
should accept Him as king and obey Him.
But, As the image of God is inbuilt in man and makes
him to operate his freewill, God never compels man for anything. God
never penetrates into mans free will. Unless and until he submits
his freewill upon the alter and confesses Let it be according
to your will Lord, not according to my will, he does not interfere
in his life.
Here, you may be confused. This is the reason for the
struggle that we often have in our lives. God has given us free will
and full freedom. He never interferes in them. He remains so from then
Though He foreknew that Israel people would deviate
from His plan, why he desired to be their king?
WHAT IS PERMISSIVE WILL?
Though we act against God`s will and God`s plans , He
never let us down . Because He loves us deeply and abundantly, He makes
an alternative arrangement. That is permissive will. Though we are
pulled by our self- desire and select a way which is contrary to the
best plan which God has set for us, He never gives up. God allows His
permissive will to be executed in a nation or in a people group.
Many times, we fulfill His permissive will only. We
may not be prepared to fulfill His perfect will. Even when we decide
to do what looks good to us, His loves never lets us down. His love
is the only reason for not being forsaken.
But, only when we fulfill His perfect will, We can receive
His fullness of blessings.
Leaving perfect will and doing permissive
will brings limited blessings and limited peace along with sufferings
and torments, into our lives.
Lord, It is enough that so far I have walked in permissive
will and received limited blessings. Hereafter enable me to fulfill
your perfect will and inherit fullness of blessings. Amen.
We need to learn another lesson. In some areas of life, it is possible
to leave the permissive will and reach the perfect will, later on.
But, in certain areas, our decisions are irrevocable.
Establishing Monarchy in Israel was such a thing.
In a western country, a sister, known to me, got married.
She is good in spiritual life and in other areas. On the third day
from their Marriage, the new couple attended a camp, where I preached.
When they came to me for prayer, they opened their heart to me. She
said, I am doubtful if our marriage is in line with Gods
will. It looks wrong that I married this man. What to do? Some
people may not think this far, about their marriage. But, they may
find the decision that they have taken regarding marriage to be incorrect.
This is a difficult area. But, God strengthened me to counsel them
and encourage them. When I left their country, they came to the airport
and sent off me gladly.
Some people are confused about the decision which they
have made regarding marriage. You cannot and should not change your
path, regarding marriage life. In the same way, Israel people had established
Monarchy. This was irrevocable and no way for coming back.
Lord, help me to submit my free will
at your altar before taking any decision. Some decisions are irrevocable.
So, help me to take pre-cautions. Enable me to crucify my self-will
and to surrender myself. Though I have failed in decision making
in my past life, help me to take the way which you have pre-destined.
God loves this kind of commitment. Perhaps, if you
realise today that you have failed to understand Gods will,
remember His love and grace. Surrender yourself to them. Do good.
Surely you shall see the Lord who sustains you and saves you and