What if I told you, you CAN know God’s will for your life? That might sound unconvincing, but friend, hear me out.
My trip was booked. I had told people what I was doing and where I was going. I believed I received confirmation from the Lord on the trip because I was so blind set on it. And I prayed …somewhat.
I was CONVINCED God’s will for me was to go to Peru for a month. But I failed to really seek the Lord and the counsel of my parents. I had not taken the time to hear what my parents had to say. When they tried, I was quick to dismiss it. After I had everything in place, I found out they did not think I should go. That’s when I realized maybe I didn’t really know God’s will for my life.
I’ve always wrestled with the question “what is God’s will for my life.” I’ve searched and sought out what He has to say about this. Note that when I say “God’s will” I’m talking about a “fruitful position of service.” (Piper)
I discovered His will is often not a big trip. It could be a job you already have. A role you may hold. Or even a current small hobby He wants to develop further. God’s call on your life doesn’t have to be limited to one thing! Unfortunately, I can’t give you a pick and choose list of things to try, but I can share with you the clear steps on how we CAN know His will.
Prayer is the key to knowing God’s will. Begin this journey to finding your calling by seeking Him. Ask Him to reveal His will. Ask Him to show you how your talents and gifts will help lead you to it. He may not reveal it all at once, but He will make known the plans He has for you!
“Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
God’s Word needs to be the first counsel you seek when knowing God’s will for your life. If you don’t know whether something may be God’s will, seek it out in His word. You can know if something is His will by lining it up with scripture. Get in God’s word and stay steadfast in it.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6)
Analyze your natural talents! Consider your spiritual gifts! Determine your God-given abilities! Ask yourself, what is something I enjoy doing and how can God use that? “We all have different inclinations, intuitions, different instincts, different skills, different mental capacities, different emotional strengths, different tastes, different capacities for stress and endurance…” (Piper) Also, ask close friends and mentors what they see you’re gifted in.
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
Please know that God’s will for you is not limited to your abilities. Even if you don’t have a certain ability for example, public speaking, God may still call you to it. He directly told Moses to speak even though Moses claimed he was “slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10)
I am no expert in this topic. Figuring out God’s will for your life is hardly a 3 step formula. But these 3 points are a great place to start!
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Thanks for reading! God bless