The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).
Many people are seeking to find their purpose in life.
What is God’s purpose for You?
Frequently, the desires of your hearts are also the will of God.
How can you find out what God’s will is for your life?
God didn’t give Abram (later to be called Abraham) a detailed map or even show him the exact final destination. He basically said, “Abram, leave your comfort zone and go where I will show you.” However, God also added that he would bless Abram and his descendants if Abram obeyed him. Abram didn’t know where he would end up, but he knew and trusted God’s character, so he obeyed anyway. Abram’s obedience happened one step at a time. With each step, Abram heard a little more from God.
So we know that God desires for us to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind by the Holy Spirit. In Romans 1:2 it says, “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is. It says that only then, that is after the renewing of the mind and not being patterned after this world, that we can know “his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” God’s will for our lives is that we not be conformed to the world but allow the Holy Spirit to transform our minds and then we can “what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” How clear that is. That is God’s will for our lives. It is not for us to be rich, to never be sick, and to not suffer, but to conform to His will and His will is a perfect will.
Trust & Go
Abram was able to trust God in the not knowing because he believed that God was with him. We also have this assurance because Jesus said, “…be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Even to the end of the age means in every moment of your life.
Is God speaking to you about leaving your comfort zone and going without knowing? If he is, spend some time in prayer and in reflective thought and wait for him to give you your first step, not the whole plan, just the first step. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going (Hebrews 11:8).
God wants us to continually step out of our comfort zone and trust him with the unknowns. We have to leave room for God to guide us. If God were to come show me step-by-step his exact will for our life, it wouldn’t require faith for us to follow him. If we know exactly where we are going beforehand, the idea probably isn’t from God. It probably came out of our own head. God likes us to follow him in faith and trust, not in knowing. This frees us from getting stuck in our own ideas, which often can take us away from God’s will, because our own ideas can be very flawed as well as limited. God sees everything past, present and future. He is not limited.
God wants us to glorify His Son’s name, Jesus Christ. He desires that we tell others about the good news of the Gospel.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2).
Start with One Step of Faith
There’s a reason God doesn’t want us to know too much too soon. If we know too quickly, we might get overwhelmed and give up because it seems too hard. We might know where we will end up but not necessarily how. And, this not knowing how would cause us to have all kinds of anxious and worried thoughts. Nobody can do their best work under stress. God doesn’t ask us to take a step that is five miles up the road. Each step is made under the daylight of the present moment.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Christians can rest in the fact that God is sovereign over everything that happens in this life. He directs events, He puts people in our paths, and essentially He enables us to be in the right place at the right time. Proverbs 21:1 – “In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water, that he channels toward all who please him” this is a reassurance when we are praying for God’s will in my life. If God can direct the king’s heart to “wherever He wishes”, then surely He can direct you to the right employer, to the right woman or man, to the right ministry, or whatever His will is for you.
The key here is that your will must be aligned with His will or you will be frustrated.
“All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:35)
An important lesson here is that God’s will for your life should be what you are seeking as your will for your life. To seek a will for your life that is different from that of God’s will for your life will be a continual frustration.
God’s will is for us to not be conformed to this world, to be renewed in our minds by the Holy Spirit, and to seek godly counselors, but He also wants us to know that He is directing your life in His good and pleasing sovereignty for what is best for you. He wants you to trust Him in this directing.
Proverbs 16:33 indicates that “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.” This clearly means that if we cast some dice, God not only knows where they will land, but what their sum total will be. That “decision is from the LORD.”
The question is, will you trust Him with it?
Start to Action
God doesn’t want to frustrate us in seeking His will for our lives.
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.“ (Deuteronomy 29:29).
You will be amazed at how much of God’s will for your life will be plainly revealed to you by simply reading the Bible every day. God wants you to know His will and the will of God is in the words of God – in Scripture.
We in most cases tend to over analyze everything and which causes us to worry. Taking action erases a lot of these worries because the act of doing something takes on a life of its own. We need to concentrate on the task at hand, not the results that will come later. Worry about future results usually happens before we ever take an action to complete something. Taking actions regularly is a way of living in the moment and often deletes some of the fears of the future and regrets of the past. Thinking about the possibility of falling happened before our first step. But, when we take the action necessary and start moving, our actions really will erase a few fears.
If you are not a believer in Christ and have not placed saving faith in Him, then you are out of the will of God for He desires that all to come to repentance and faith and to be born-again. If you are not a Christian, then you will never truly find out what God’s will is for you. For non-believers, God’s will is for you to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior – to repent and ask Him to forgive your sins.
God’s Wonderful Plan for Your Life
How do we choose what path to take?
We have more opportunities than any generation before us. For the believer, we are told to trust God and know that his will is perfect. God does have a wonderful plan for your life. But for the believer, that plan is salvation from his wrath that we justly deserve. And it is indeed a wonderful plan — while we merited eternal punishment, God satisfied that payment through his Son. God’s wonderful plan for our life is that we continually surrender the evil desires of our flesh and conform more to his image.
God’s wonderful plan for our life is that we repent, believe in him, and fight sin through his power. God’s wonderful plan for our life is sober-mindedness, sexual purity, and that we “walk not as unwise, but wise, making the most of our time because the day is evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
God’s plan is that he may be most glorified in us through us being satisfied in him.
As Christians we know that true happiness, the truly wonderful life, comes from true surrender. We don’t know what the future will hold, but we know that he is good and will bring what he began to completion (Philippians 1:6). If we pursue holiness first, wherever we may end up will be of some importance, yet ultimately trivial.
Before every big decision, surrender to God and pursue holiness. Trust the Lord and his promises to make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).