I’ve been thinking a lot about “His will for our lives” lately; it seems to be a common topic in Christian conversations. We profess to believe that the Creator of the Universe actually has a plan for our lives and support it with a verse from Jeremiah 29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
However, we also have our own plans for our lives and call them “dreams, goals, desires, etc”. Possibly, we are secretly hoping that our plans and God’s plan are one and the same. Hoping that God will change His plans to suit our will. Or, maybe we are still waiting for a sign, angel, or audible voice to confirm God’s plans for us while we continue chasing after love, money, and careers instead of “seeking His will with all of our hearts.”
In a sense, we’re creating a false dilemma by asking too many questions.
We keep asking God: “Is it Your will for my life to ………..” (you are welcome to fill in the blank). Thinking that we might miss out on His will for our lives if we make one wrong decision. Like choosing the wrong career or spouse, or going in the wrong direction..
I am very guilty when it comes to thinking along the lines of “God has a plan for my life, and maybe “one day soon” I will figure out exactly what it is and begin to “do His will”. Maybe somewhere in the near future my purpose will become clear and make perfect sense.
During my pregnancy, waiting for my life to change at any moment, I found myself living in anticipation of what was soon to come. However, God always has a way of guiding us if we simply turn to His Word. Since I had a lot of time on my hands, I decided to start reading through my Bible in English, and in Thai for my language development. In the process I found myself in the company of Noah, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, etc. Ordinary people used by God in simple, yet extraordinary ways. We have so much to learn from the examples from their lives!
And somehow it’s not a surprising revelation that they never ever had it “all figured out”. They were part of a plan, God’s plan, which was far bigger than themselves. A plan that is much easier to see in historical retrospect than in trying to predict the future.
God’s will for our lives has much more to do with His will than our lives.
We simply get to be part of a much greater story. One we will miss out on if we get too lost in our own details. We cannot forget that He has not changed, and His will for our lives is practically the same as it was for many who came before us:
His will is for us to seek Him.
” And ye shall seek me, and find me , when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
His will is for us to trust Him.
“And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” – 2 Corinthians 3:4-5
His will is for us to be willing.
“Now therefore perform the doing of it ; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.” – 2 Corinthians 8:11-12
His will is for us to be obedient to His words.
” Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:” – 1 Peter 1:13-14
His will is for us to have faith, and to walk by faith, with our hand firmly in His.
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” – Colossians 2:6-7
His will is for us to love Him and to share that love with others.
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” – Deuteronomy 6:5-7
His will is for us to serve Him with godly fear.
“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” – Hebrews 12:28
His will is for us to be changed by His power into His image.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. His will is for us to seek Him.” – Romans 12:2
As I searched the scriptures above, I found that His will has far more to do with our character than with our job descriptions. It has nothing to do with our bank balance, where we live and who we hang out with. Instead it has everything to do with bearing spiritual fruit and storing up treasures in heaven.
As I look back on my own life, I feel quite foolish for asking so many “Is it His will for my life to ……” questions. I have come to realize that at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what job you do. Because it doesn’t define you. It doesn’t matter if you have money or not, because He ALWAYS provides. No matter where you live, He is already there. It doesn’t even matter if you are married, who you are married to, or how many children you have… Because He is ENOUGH.
What matters is that His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
And that He receives all the glory for whatever we end up doing.
It is His will to guide us every day, every step of the way, and He will. We only need to follow, one step and one day at a time, trusting Him.