The ideal picture is that there be only one will prevailing – the will of God. But sadly, that is not the case.
Everything originated from God (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3). Before everything was God, and after everything passes away, God will remain. In the beginning, there existed only one will, the will of God. And that remained so, until two events occurred, the rebellions. The rebellion of the Devil, and the rebellion of man.
The rebellion of Lucifer was first. God created the angels and other heavenly beings to have a freewill, and they all submitted this to the sovereign will of God. But a time came when Lucifer, the angel that covers, decided to carry out his own will contrary to that of God. We find Isaiah report that Lucifer had said in his heart, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit also upon the mount. . . I will be like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14)
Here we see Lucifer’s will different from God’s. His plans were contrary to what God wanted. And when he tried to outsted God, he was cast down with the angels that rebelled. And thereafter, we had the will of Satan.
And the Bible summarises his will in John ten ten. He has come to steal, kill and destroy. First Peter five eight reminds us that he moves about as a roaring lion seeking whom to devour.
Way after the rebellion of Lucifer, came the rebellion of man. God also created man a freewill being and placed him over every other thing that he created (Genesis 1:27-28). God’s desire was that man will submit his will to God’s perfect will, and obey Him to the later. He was not going to coerce man, but desired willful submission. And so he laid out the Genesis two test, by commanding them to choose between the tree of life, and that of the knowledge of good and evil, instructing that they chose the former. Their failure of this test in chapter three of Genesis, led to their rebellion.
The rebellion of man led to the introduction of another will contrary to the will of God – the will of man. After the fall of man, the natural man began to live for himself. He served his flesh, the worldly system and the devil’s will. So, we find in existence, the will of God, the will of the Devil and the will of man.
God’s desire is that His will prevails in the affairs of men. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The Lord Jesus taught us to pray in His model prayer (Matthew 6:10). And that just as there was only one will in the beginning – the will of God, that there will be only one will in the end – the will of God.
If God wills, we will consider the nature of God’s will in the next exposition.