God’s will in a fallen world


When we pray (daily) for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, we acknowledge that God’s will is not being done on earth as it is in heaven. But in what sense?

Certainly God is not being “caught by surprise” with anything that happens on earth. God is never looking for a “Plan B” as if He has “lost control.” We also know that God is deeply grieved by the sin, suffering and death that fills this globe (Genesis 6). Yet God’s moral will is violated every moment.

To understand how God’s will functions in a fallen world, we must acknowledge at least three dimensions to His will in four stages of human history.

Three dimensions to the will of God

1. God’s prescriptive will:

God promised Abraham and his offspring the Land of Canaan for an inheritance (Gen. 12).  He commanded them to dwell in the…

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