My reading this morning was in Ephesians 6. In that section, Paul addressed slaves, people who had no “rights” and no labor unions to represent them or plead their cause. They were at the mercy of their masters. In verses 6 and 7 he writes, “as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will doing service as to the Lord and not to men.”
This is the sixth and final mention of the “will of God” in the letter to the Ephesians. It can be argued that it goes back to chapter 1 where the will of God is linked with the Dignity of Sonship, the Prospect of Heirship, and the Claims of Lordship. If that is the case, then a slave could serve with a sense of his significance to God.
But it also may mean that circumstances have made him a slave. He could not control that. But if he is able to accept that and to view his service as really being to the Lord, he would be fulfilling the will of God for his life. It is not preaching or writing or giving out tracts for the slave, but just being a good slave enables him to fulfill the will of God. It meant displaying the character of God in all his circumstances.
We cannot control our circumstances. Divine sovereignty controls circumstances: faith controls our response to those circumstances. I am reminded that when I live as I should amidst circumstances, I am doing the will of God and, as a result, bringing pleasure to God. So, amidst the current “shelter in place” and “lockdown,” we can still please God as we bow to circumstances and seek to honor Him in our day to day lives in whatever manner we are able. Nothing can hinder you worshiping God; no virus can hinder your enjoyment of His presence as you read and pray; no virus can hinder the pleasure you bring to him each day.