What is God’s will for my life? Have you ever asked that question, sought the answer and still, you have no idea? Here are some things to consider, which may help. First, begin with the premise: God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good. And that means His will for your life is always good! On the surface, that would seem obvious, but looking under the hood, some aren’t so convinced. They’re afraid of what He might ask of them. They’re comfortable where they’re at, and they don’t want any disruptions to their comfort.
Others, don’t actually trust Him, because of their skewed frame of reference based on their earthly parents, especially fathers. That’s nothing new these days. Most understand the way some view their earthly fathers is the way they view God the Father. We won’t belabor the point here. So what is point? Simply, a number of people who say they want to know His will, really aren’t all that interested, because of fear and discomfort. It’s hard to find something you don’t want found.
The second step to finding God’s will for your life is fundamental: get honest. Figure out where you really stand in your relationship with Him. If you don’t trust Him, tell Him about it. Get proactive, and allow Holy Spirit to show you the origins of the mistrust. He’ll reveal where it started, and how to address it. In the end, you’ll find healing in the process. There are loads of Scripture and personal testimonies that point to His goodness, but it’s important for you to experience it for yourself. Talk with Him! It’s not sacrilegious to be honest. He already knows how you feel, so why hide it?
Back to that comfort thing: how committed are you to God? Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul (Matthew 16:24-26)?” Yep, obedience may cost you comfort, but the rewards far outweigh the “inconveniences” (see Matthew 16:27; Revelation 22:12).
So let’s deal with the discomfort for a moment. How many know that to become comfortable with various things, you first have to go through discomfort to get there. Here’s a simple example: those who are comfortable driving a car now, generally didn’t start that way. How many felt a little jittery the first time you drove in traffic? How about your job or business? When you first started, how comfortable were you the first day? Many new beginnings aren’t exactly a warm bath with soft music playing in the background. They’re more like a cold plunge into ice water. The unknown can be intimidating when it comes to God’s will for your life, but that’s okay. Some people need to get rid of some self-reliance, it’s actually keeping them spiritually weak. One big reason is it’s pride-based. True confidence is being confident in God who lives in you. The counterfeit is self-confidence. Moreover, true strength is found weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Several are actually square in the middle of God’s will, but don’t like where they’re at, and so they’re “searching for it.” Some are discontent, because they feel insignificant in their current position. They don’t see the bigger picture, nor do they grasp the concept of wherever the Lord puts you is important. Some of it comes from gauging where they’re at by what others are doing. Those seemingly insignificant places have a greater impact for the Kingdom than they will ever realize on this side of eternity. Of course, others are dealing with pride as mentioned earlier. They want a place of prominence. This may be an indication they haven’t stepped into their true identity in Jesus Christ, and are still trying to find self-worth. Perhaps it’s more carnal, and they simply have a lust with which they’re contending. But do keep in mind, until any of us are faithful with the so called, “little things,” He will not give the bigger ones. And of course, it’s easy to romanticize things about the will of God, and create an image of what it should look. If His will doesn’t match the picture in your mind, it could be easy to dismiss it.
Again, being in the center of God’s will can be very uncomfortable, because in many instances it involves an inner work that revolves around conforming you to the image of Jesus. That’s part of His will for your life. Do know, the process will lead you to completely trust Him, because you will find Him to be a very faithful Father! Regardless of how happy you may think your will makes you, His will is far more fulfilling.
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