“What is God’s Will for my life?” It’s a question every Christian asks at some point in their journey… in fact, typically at many points. But We are not left completely in the dark. The Bible gives several clear statements to guide us.
We know that God does have plans for us and that those plans are for our good “For I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11). We know that He has given us His Word to help show the way: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105). We know that as we learn to trust Him He will make these paths straight “Trust in the LORD… in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:6). We know that we must pray for His Will to be done (Matt. 6:10), that we can ask God for wisdom and He will give it (James 1:5), and that our perseverance is needed and will be rewarded (Heb. 10:36). .
Specifically, we know God “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4), and that “it is God’s will that you should be sanctified [work towards holiness]: that you should avoid sexual immorality” (1 Thess. 4:3). Believers are to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:18, “deny themselves” and “take up their cross daily” (Luke 9:23) as they follow Jesus.
Paul gives these very clear instructions to Christians in Ephesus
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:15-20)
Most importantly we must always remember that God wants relationship with us. More and more I have come to see that God’s Will for each of us is less about what we Do and more about what we Are. God wants us to be like Him — and remember: His Name is “I AM,” not “I DO” (Exod. 3:14).
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