How do we conform to God’s will? First keep His  commandments. Secondly let look at some practical examples:

In our daily lives

We can start to conform to God’s will by putting up with the daily  annoyances such as words that would hurt our self esteem, a barking dog, stubbing  a toe, a light burning out, a pen that won’t write etc.  We should accept whatever kind of weather God  sends us. It’s not awful heat or terrible cold. It’s Gods weather. It is even  more important to practice conformity to God’s will in the small things than  larger ones both because  they are more frequent  and they form the habit of supporting them in a Christian spirit to prepare for  more serious  difficulties.

Disasters or War  

God of infinite Goodness would not send such disasters unless  some great good were to result from them. Consider how many souls may be saves  though the tribulations.   How many  people through affliction are converted to God?   What appears to be a punishment is often a sign of grace and mercy.  Let us meditate on  this truth of our faith that the very  hairs on our head are numbered and not one of them will fall except by the  will of God. We have nothing more or less to fear in times of calamity than at  any other time. The only thing we need to be concern about is to gain his favor  by conforming to His will.

Loss of Employment or  Money The Lord has given and the Lord has taken  away.

We should accept with the same  conformity to the will of God the loss of employment or money and all other  set-backs in our temporal affairs repeating with faith the words of Job: The Lord has given and the Lord has taken  away.  Christians were deprived of rank  and position lost their possessions torn from their families, thrown into  prison, and sent to execution all for their faith in Christ. They went their  way rejoicing that they had been counted worthy to suffer for the name of  Jesus. It is the same with regard to money matters.  If it is God’s will be happy to sacrifice for  the sake of God’s will.

In Poverty

We should conform to  God’s will in poverty and all the inconveniences. It is not too hard to do so  if we fully realize that God watches over us as a father over his children. He  puts us in that condition because it is of most value to us. Are we not the children of the God of riches, the co-heirs of  Christ? Being so, is there anything we can lack? Everything then is ours. We  have everything God has to offer. But it is often necessary we should be deprived of many  things. Let us firmly believe that if anything is necessary or really useful  for us, our all-powerful Father will give it to us without fail. The Lord said: If you evil as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how  much more will your heavenly Father…? (Luke 11:13 )

Do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat He tells us, nor  yet for your body, what you shall put on. Look at the birds of the air; they do  not sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are  not you of much more value than they?… And as for clothing, why are you  anxious? Consider how the lilies of the field grow; they neither toil nor spin,  yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of  these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which flourishes today but  tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more you, O you of little faith!  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we  drink? or ‘What are we to put on?’, for after all these things the Gentiles  seek; but your Father knows that you need all these things. (Matt 6:25-32;  Luke 12:22-30)

Seek first the kingdom of God and his  justice

He has given His word and there is  only one condition attached — that we seek first the kingdom of God and his  justice, that we make this search the one great aim of our lives by  bringing everything else into relation with it to make it successful and  fulfill our every duty with this end in view. In return for this He will  unburden us of all anxiety, He will take upon Himself all our needs and the  needs of those who belong to us or for whom we have to provide, and His care  will be all the greater in proportion to the degree of confidence and surrender  to His will we strive to attain.

Do we then for love of Him give up the desire to possess the  perishable goods of this world? By virtue of another of Christ’s promises these  goods a hundredfold, as well as eternal life, are assured us in  this life, and as a result we shall be rich while we are judged to be poor.  Freed from the thirst for wealth, from the possession of it and the burden that  accompanies it, we shall enjoy a peace and contentment unknown to those who,  appearing to possess riches, are in reality possessed by them and cannot escape  the cares they bring with them. In this way we shall experience the truth of  St. Paul’s words that godliness has the promise of the present life as well  as of that which is to come. (1 Tim. 4:8 )

Paraphrases and Excerpts from Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence THE SECRET  OF PEACE AND HAPPINESS

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