What is God’s will for my life?
July 2, 2017, 5:00 AM

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3


What is God’s will for my life? No other question has the power to shut someone down quicker than this one.  Trying to figure out God’s prompting can be unnerving. We don’t want to make a mistake or go down the wrong path. We wonder if we are just making things up in our head or if we hear the Holy Spirit nudging us in a direction. Anytime we face an uncertain or uncomfortable situation, our natural inclination is to grasp for control. We begin to formulate God’s call for our life based on our limited understanding. We look within ourselves or to the world for truth. We reason we can solve our issues and find the answers to our problems on our own. However, the Bible insists that our best thoughts don’t hold a candle to those of God.


So, how do we figure out what is next without letting the ‘oughts’ and ‘ifs’ to cause us to remain idle? It begins by understanding that insight is a process. Often times there is no burning bush or audible voice of God letting us know for certain exactly what we should be doing. Finding God’s will is a process of faith and a process of the heart. God promises us a lamp to guide our feet, not a floodlight to illuminate our way.  This can either leave us frustrated or it can spur on our curiosity and lead us into a deeper sense of faith.  But in order for the process to work, we must stay engaged. This involves reading scripture, praying, worshipping with other believers, and having conversations with others in your community. If we want to understand His intent for our lives, we have to spend time with Him. We have to live in His presence. God’s presence provides us with perspective.


When it comes to His will, many times we just want to skip ahead to knowing what He wants us to do. We desire to fast forward past all of the mess that comes in between. But, it is only in practicing His presence where trust and clarity are found. This gets us out of our own head and internalizing our relationship with God based on our circumstances, wants and desires.   God’s will always involves impacting others. He is calling us to be a people of action based on the relationship He has with us. We can’t become so hung up on trying to find God’s purpose for us that we miss what is going on right in front of us. What God wants from us is to be continually on mission and stop being so concerned about the future and the details. He is leading each one of us to start doing something with the here and now. The most powerful tool God has given us for His mission is our story. Our story exists to make disciples.


Our mission starts in our surroundings. Right where we are. Right now. We have daily opportunities to advance the mission of God through interactions in every sphere of our lives but our relationship with God and our understanding of His mission has to be our lens to find our part in it. Our next step is right in front of us. Do we have the courage to take it? How do you tend to process how God is moving in your life and what He is asking you to do? Where do you currently find yourself wrestling with the ‘oughts’ and the ‘ifs’?


This is my Prayer: Father God, I know Your will for me is very simple. It is to love You with all my heart, mind and soul and for that love to influence the way I interact with those around me. Lord, I selfishly desire all the details for my future but, You call me to be obedient today.  Jesus teach me be observant of where You are calling me to respond. Help me to not let the uncertainty of my future prevent me from making a difference with the time I’m given today. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.