The Will of God Will Lead You into Conflict with Popular Opinion

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 23

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

–John 5:44 (ESV)

The will of God is the essence, reality, and virtue of all things. It adapts all things, and makes them fit for the soul. Without this will, everything is empty. There is only nothingness, deceit, and vanity, only spiritless letter and hollow shell, only death. The will of God is salvation and health, the life of the body and the soul, regardless of what outward appearance it may take at any given moment.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Jesus rebuked the unbelieving Jews for receiving glory only from one another. This kept them from believing. The same tendency will hinder your own faith. Do not judge the value of a task, event, or experience by what other people say about it.

Jean Pierre de Caussade warns us here that the will of God will take many forms. Its outward appearance will offend us, and it will not be judged by men to be proper, respectable, or, in Jesus’s terms, worthy of glory. We have considered the dangers of deviating toward self-reliance. The irony here is that reliance on the judgment of others will push us in this direction. This was Jesus’s criticism of the Pharisees. Their pride and self-righteousness depended entirely on a scheme propped up by popular opinion. Theirs was a group-reinforced self-reliance. It kept them from receiving Jesus, and it will keep you from following him on the path of abandonment.

Popular opinion may only be popular in a small circle, but if that is the circle you run in, you are in danger of rejecting the will of God in favor of the glory that comes from men. The way to prevent this is to taste the fullness of the will of God and the emptiness of all else.

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