Being uncertain of God’s plan for our lives is common among Christians. But it shouldn’t be.
(Eph. 5:17)Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
How can we ever expect to build God’s kingdom if we don’t know our part? The place to start is to realize that the Lord has a specific and unique plan for you. He’s had this plan in mind before you were even born (Psalms 139:15-16).
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
God had all of your days written out before you were born. You aren’t a mistake going somewhere to happen. You haven’t been placed on this earth by chance. Where and when you were born, the parents God gave you, your personality, and everything else about you was orchestrated by God for a specific purpose
However, you cannot assume that God’s will is automatically going to come to pass in your life. It won’t. God’s will doesn’t always come to pass. Take salvation, for instance… 2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
It is clear from this scripture that God wants everyone to come to repentance and be saved, yet we know not everyone does. God also wants everyone healed, yet people still live with sickness in their bodies. Likewise, God wants everyone to find and walk in the purpose He has ordained for them, yet not everyone will. But that’s not God’s fault.
Once you realize that you are the one responsible for discovering God’s will, the next step is to start seeking God for it. He is not hiding His will away from you. But you’re going to have to do some seeking to find it.
Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Notice the emphasis on seeking with all your heart. As long as you can live without knowing God’s will for your life, you will. But when you seek with all your heart, you will find it.
One mistake people often make in seeking God’s purpose is that they assume whatever they’re good at in the natural must be what God wants them to do. So if they’re naturally good at public speaking, they figure God must have called them to a speaking ministry of some sort. I don’t believe this is always true. You might be scared stiff of speaking in front of people but your calling could be in the ministry.
God may call you to do what is beyond your natural ability so that you will have to rely on Him to get it done. Look at the case of Moses and Aaron. That’s why God’s will may have nothing to do with your natural gifts. If you can do something yourself—naturally—you wouldn’t need God’s empowerment. Sometimes people’s talents may be an indication of what God’s will is, but many have gifts and talents they don’t even know exist.
Paul said that God had separated him from his mother’s womb and called him by His grace (Gal. 1:15). God purposed for Paul to be a minister of the Gospel before he was ever born. He didn’t look at Paul’s talents once he grew up and then decided He could use him. His life had been predestined, just as yours is. So if you only look at what you’re good at to determine your purpose, you may totally miss it.
WAYS TO FIND HIS WILL
- Believe and be saved.
John 6:10; For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
- Read the word
We need to constantly be in the word to know the will of God. We need to know what the word of God says.
- Worship Him
When we are in His presence during worship, we experience appreciation, love, a great connection, and peace which forever lives with us.
- Pray always
We know God’s will by praying to God to help us.
- Moral uprightness.
Romans 12: 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.
Avoid friends that will pull you away from God.
Psalms 1:6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Many of us fear to really know God’s will because we think that He will want something so hard from us.If we’re serious about following God’s will, we have to recognize that it’s not about getting what we want, but doing what God asks. We must trust that He is faithful and good and that His will is what’s best for us.
I believe that most people are not accomplishing what God has called them to do. They may be doing good works, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re walking in God’s purpose for their lives. Not everything that is good is God.
Believe me, God’s perfect will is worth finding. Supernatural peace and joy come when you’re in the center of His will. And God’s blessing and anointing will always be upon your work when you’re doing what He’s called you to do.
Do you feel dissatisfied or unsettled with your life? Are you tired of just going to work, coming home, watching television, going to bed, then getting up and doing it all over again? If so, it may be God who has placed a holy dissatisfaction within you in hopes of provoking you to start seeking out His perfect will. Don’t wait another day to begin the search for God’s will in your life.