Seeking God’s will for our lives is really not as complicated as it may seem…sometimes we spend so much time worrying about our future that we don’t embrace the present and the will that God has for us right now.
We have been studying the life of Joseph and it never ceases to amaze me how much our God pays attention to the details of our lives… little steps, that may seem insignificant at the time, end up taking us in a whole different direction we would have never experienced if we had followed our own plans and not His… Proverbs 16:9 says it perfectly:
“A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”
The prayer of my heart has always been to disciple and encourage young women to live for Jesus Christ, instead of wondering when God is going to “open some huge door of ministry opportunity” I am called to fulfill that purpose right now, with every breath, every action, to pour into people’s lives, to shine for Christ and pursue the passion that God has put on my heart. I am called right now to take an active role in fulfilling God’s purpose with the opportunities He has placed before me.
So often people ask me what my next step in life is…as humans we are the only living beings who can have hope for the future… and yet we are called to be content with today. I definitely have hope for the future…whatever it may hold, but God has shown me to place my hope in HIM, not in my plans, not in my expectations, my dreams, but to “delight myself in the Lord, and He will give me the desires of my heart” Psalm 37:4.
As exciting as it is sometimes to imagine what comes next, I am encouraged to know that whatever it is, God is in control. He will show me in His time, but I am not called to be idle as I wait, wondering when the next step in my life will begin, I am called to “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.
I am so glad God’s will is so simple… “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20
No matter what the specifics of God’s will for our lives is, the commission above is the essence of God’s will for each of us, whether we have the gift of evangelism or not, we are called to train them to serve Him… it may look different for each Christian but this is what God’s Word commands us to do… and if we are obeying that command and delighting ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts!