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Ephesians 5:8

For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—

Children of light

Discerning the will of God is not like reading tea leaves. The ancients had the Urim and Thummim, and however these things worked, they gave nice, clear, yes or no answers. But this tool of discernment disappears from the narrative early in Israel’s history and is replaced by the voice of God embodied in the law and spoken through the prophets. The question stops being “Should we go up to battle today?” and becomes “What does the LORD require of you?” Instead of “Who sinned?” the question becomes “What is the path of faithfulness?”

I do believe there are promptings of the Spirit that ought to guide us, but even more important is the word of God that describes what it means to live as sons and daughters of God, children of hope, children of the resurrection, children of compassion and fidelity, witnesses of God’s perfect love.

When we pray for God’s will to be done, we are praying that we might live as children of the light.