What’s God’s Will for my Life?

Something that’s been on my heart a lot lately, or I should say for years, is the question, “what is God’s will for my life?” Being 26, I’m only recently removed from my late teenage years when everyone is asking, “What are you going to do with your life?” I knew from the the age of 15 that God was calling me to preach, but I didn’t always know how to go about that calling, and that would bother me greatly. I spent a lot of sleepless nights stressing over what God wanted me to do. I was so fearful to be outside God’s will that I ended up doing nothing or even sometimes going backwards. I thought the older I got the less I would worry about God’s will. I was wrong. I still ponder what God has planned for my life. I know many others are wrestling with this subject as well. I can’t give you the steps to find out, I don’t know if there really is any, but I will present how I now go about this question. So here it goes…

I’m sure if you are like me, your prayers go something like this, “God’s what is your will for my life? I want to walk in it, so please reveal it to me so I will know what choices to make about ____________.” I don’t think this is a terrible prayer. It’s noble that you are so passionate about following God that you agonize over being in His will. It shows your heart’s desire is to follow God and that’s great, but maybe we are asking the wrong questions. Maybe instead of asking “God what is your will?”, we should be praying “God let your will be done in my life.” What I’m saying here is, I don’t think our goal is to know God’s plan, but to trust that God has a plan.

If our question is to know what the plan is, I ask you, why? Why do you want to know the plan? You may say, “Well, Joel, I need to know God’s plan, so I can make the right decisions in life.” See that’s the problem. There are too many “I’s” in that statement. I need to know, so I can make a decision. In Luke chapter 9:23-24, Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.” In this text Jesus is saying that, to follow Him we must kill that whole “I” agenda. Really, you’re asking God what the plan is, so you can know it and know what to do. You are wanting control, when Jesus is telling you to die to your self-controlled life.

So, what I’m trying to say is, maybe we should stop asking what God’s plan is and start praying that His will be done in our lives. The goal isn’t to know the plan, but to  die to self, yield to God and let Him work through you. Galatians 2:20 says “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”  You see here the “I’s” are dying. They have been crucified with Christ and they no longer live. Paul is saying here, the life that I live, is completely by faith in Christ and actually it’s not me who is choosing, but Christ.

You may have read this in hopes that I would give some easy quick answer, to this tough question, that you could apply to your life and know God’s will. Sorry to disappoint, but there is no easy answer. I will end with this, God has given you His spirit to grow you and lead you, yield to Him and listen to Him. God has given us His word, The Bible, from which we learn from and know Him by. God has given you logic and reason. Use these two under the leadership of The Holy Spirit and The Word of God, when facing tough decisions (and maybe you need to seek counseling from a Spiritual Leader or a Godly friend.) Just remember Jesus’ words from Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Again, I believe the goal isn’t to know the plan God has, but to seek after Him in all that we do. Doesn’t mean God won’t reveal His plan to you or at least part of it, but don’t stress over that. Just keep dying to self daily and seeking after Christ and He will work through you. Think of it this way, if God just revealed His whole plan to us, we would probably just end up messing it all up, because we are sinners. So who better to leave it to than the infallible, all-knowing, all-powerful, sovereign God. He does have a plan for your life, believe that, trust in that, and walk in Him.

Thanks for reading. I hope this has helped in some way.

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