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What’s God’s Will For Me?

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“I’m afraid I am going to miss God on a career choice!” Those words cane from a young lady just after I finished teaching on discerning the wisdom that God gives over that of our own. She is not alone.
Many Christians believe, as do I, that God has a plan for the lives of believers and that invites us to join Him in that journey. (Jeremiah 29:11) The problem for many is that we don’t know how to find it or fear we will miss it. Sometimes we feel as if God’s will is hidden from us and that we must read, pray, and fast to get it. Although I certainly support these, with them comes a fundamental flaw in knowing the will of God – it’s the word “find.”
I am of the position that God does not hide His will from us. Finding it is not a matter of the strategic uncovering of facts, fears, and feelings – but rather a step-by-step walk of peaceful walk of faith. Job 22:28 states that, “What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.” I interpret that to mean if I start walking, I will get the information I need as go along. King Solomon said, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9). He also wrote, “A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24) (See also Proverbs 4:12 / Jeremiah 10:23).
Let me offer to you the same illustration I gave the young high school student this past Sunday morning. I told her that I too am in a very similar situation. Graduating college has always been a dream of mine. Recently, at a spring graduation event, that same desire hit me again – but somehow this time was different. I felt as if something, or someone, was telling me to go. I have heard that voice many times before – it was God. It was unmistakable impression that carried with it a presence that brought peace. But that’s for another post.
Having no idea what school to attend, what to study, or how I would ever pay for it, I began by completing the application process. From there it was financial aid. Finally to an advisor – and that’s where things started to come together for me. I told him when I could and could not attend classes. I also wanted to make sure that everything I took would later transfer into most every if not all degreed programs. Before it was over, 2 months had past, the schedule was written, and the school expenses covered. What was my part in all of this? I walked step-step.
I told the young lady that I stayed prayerful but never was anxious. As one path seemed to close, I simply chose another until the most obvious course was laid out before me. I ended our conversation by confessing that I still don’t know where this road leads. But I am confident that this peace in my heart (Colossians 3:15) tells me I am on the correct path.

Doug Rea is the Pastor at Connections in Albany, GA.

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