What does it mean to “work out our salvation”? Philippians 2:12-13 says,
“So then, my beloved just as you have always obeyed, not as in My presence only but now much more in My absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
I want to further my understanding of what this means—-to work out our salvation. Charles R. Swindoll wrote a booklet God’s Will. In it he explains the above verse,
“Closed doors are just as much God’s leading as open ones. The believer who wants to do God’s will must remain sensitive and cooperative not forcing His way into areas that God closed off. The Lord uses circumstances and expects us to “read” them with a sensitive, alert conscience.”
He goes on to say that what it means to work out our salvation in fear and trembling essentially means maintaining a sensitive heart. As part of my prayers, I usually ask God to keep me sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading. I have a true desire to know His will for my life. God tells us in Psalms 32:8 that He will instruct and teach us in the way we should go. So how do we know if we made a right choice?
One way is the fact that no matter the outcome, whether it is happy or horrible, we have inner peace. It’s difficult for our human minds to comprehend having inner peace in the midst of a horrible outcome. But I have experienced this personally. It can and does happen.
I love one of the lyrics written by Heather Williams,
In spite of it all…..Hallelujah!
Every person wants the feeling of satisfaction. It’s the feeling that we are making the right choices in our life and from those right choices we feel happiness. I question that I made a right decision recently, but in spite of it all, I am leaning on God and I know He is instructing me and teaching me as I go.