When I was in elementary school, my class played either Dodge Ball or Kick Ball just about every day at recess. Our teacher was an athletic sort and believed in group play time and so consequently, we were quite skilled in the art of Dodge Ball and Kick Ball. For those of you who have never played Dodge Ball, it is a game where two people stand on either side of a marked territory, the rest of the players are within the lines. The two people on either side of the territory throw the ball, attempting to hit a player with the ball. When a player is hit, they are “out;” the game proceeds until there is one person left standing in the center.
Throughout the Bible, God chose specific people to do specific tasks. He spoke to them directly and instructed them exactly how He wanted it done. Sometimes, He met obstinance from the one He had chosen. For example, Jonah, God instructed him to go to Nineveh, “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me” – Jonah 1:2.
Now Jonah didn’t believe Nineveh was the right choice and he wanted to know Plan B. He decided to take matters into his own hands. Maybe he thought God wasn’t up-to-date on the needs of his people. Jonah wanted to work for God. He wanted to preach His word; but, not in Nineveh. Understand, there is no dodging God when He has given you specific instructions. Plan B for Jonah was to go to Nineveh. Plan C for Jonah was to go to Nineveh. Plan D, E, F, and G – Ninevah; and Jonah could get there by boat or in the belly of a fish, but Jonah was going to Nineveh.
When God has a specific tasks for us, there’s no dodging it. You aren’t going to win in a game of God ball. He’s going to hit you every time. Some people worry, “Well, maybe I’m not hearing God.” If God has a specific task for you, He is not beyond burning bushes, making a donkey speak, sending an angel, or talking with you Himself in a dream, or in an audible voice, or through someone else.
I think that’s where most of the confusion comes in “doing the Will of God.” John 7:17, “If anyone’s will is to do God’s Will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.”
God wants us to live according to His laws; abide by His principles; and glorify Him in our words and deeds. That’s doing God’s Will. Whatever you choose to do, do it for Him (Colossians 3:17); but, when God has a specific tasks for you, He will speak to you, and you will know it is Him.