“It’s God’s Will.”

I am struck by how certain many of yesterday’s commenters were regarding their knowledge of God’s will. I would like to talk about that today.

If you believe Scripture is inerrant, and draw your conclusions accordingly, can you say a little bit about why you think Scripture is inerrant.

If you discern God’s will in some other way, what is it?

This prayer by the American mystic Thomas Merton, informs my own thinking. The underlining is not in the original.

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

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