The Big Question: What is God's Will for My Life?
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."
If there's one thing I struggle with everyday is understanding God's will for my life. My past few years have been a mixture of trusting the Lord with reckless abandon yet still worrying and agonizing over every decision. I've felt feel like life balances on so many big question marks - Is this the right job? Should I get my masters? Should I do this? Should I do that?
The list goes on.
Ultimately what I'm desperately seeking is the answer to the "big" question:
What is God's will for my life?
Especially recently, I've caught myself spending countless, anxious hours searching for a spiritual formula to solve life's riddles, to find certainty in all of life's uncertainties.
As I have spent time earnestly seeking the answer to this question over the past several weeks, one of the devotionals or commentaries or books (like I said, I've been
earnestly seeking), in my journal I wrote down a truth that struck me to the core:
"God's purpose for my life is not a problem to be solved. God's will is not so much as path as it is a way of walking."
Psalm 136 explains this further, reminding me that God's steadfast love and goodness trump whatever is going on around me. He has clear direction, even when I do not.
Our circumstances are big, but our Father is bigger. When we grow in this truth, we begin to understand that He can reduce all our agonizing life puzzles and questions into something so simple and so divine that we can hardly believe we spent so much time agonizing over it all in the first place. If you're a planner and a perfectionist like me, it may drive you a little crazy.
This may be the biggest challenge in allowing His will and purpose to take shape in our lives: It is NOT up to you or I to be the god of our circumstances. Rather, it is for you and I to give thanks to the One who is larger than our circumstances.
We must not only trust that He has a beautiful purpose for us, but also in the simplicity of His plan each day.
His daily will for us in Christ is so simple:
1) To pray to Him
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
2) Seek Him
(Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9, Isaiah 55:6)
3) Rejoice and give thanks to Him with a joyful heart
(Psalm 105:1-5, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
4) Be His ambassadors
(2 Corinthians 5:20)
But here's the kicker: All of the above is not conditional to our circumstances.
How often I let the puzzling questions of life overwhelm me, focusing on "what I should do." But He's already told me what to do! I am to pray, seek, give thanks, and proclaim His great name, regardless of where I am placed or the season of life I'm currently in.
If our life isn't built on these four things, how can we possibly be used for the big stuff? If in the humblest of places we aren't intentionally fulfilling the simplicity of His will, how will we be able to trust through the big questions, through the world-changing stuff?
When we make His simple will and purpose the center and cornerstone of our lives, all else will fall into place. When we are intentional in this each day, the questions that seem so big become less intimidating. We are able to embrace the truth that God's will for us is the best case scenario - that He will lovingly take our broken pieces, our tangled-up facts, our worst mistakes, and create a mosaic of beauty that impacts the world.
"Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her." (Luke 1:45)