What is God’s will for my life?
Let’s be real.
We’ve all asked this question more than once. I used to really ponder on this question A LOT.
It made me blame God if things didn’t work out the way I thought He wanted them too.
It got messy.
Until I realized what God’s Will was ACTUALLY for my life.
It all changed when I read a simple verse in Thessalonians that just had me sit back and laugh at myself. That I had let the Enemy made me even THINK for once that my life was MY life.
What a selfish thought.
How could I even for one second think that this life was meant for me?
I wasn’t just asking God what His Will was for my life – I selfishly just wanted to know who I should marry, what job I should get, should I go to bible school or not? All things that honestly he could really care less about. And not in a mean, “I’m so annoyed” with you kind of attitude.
He really just wanted me to fulfill His Will.
So, what is His Will?
Well, let’s read 1 Thessalonians together again.
“Rejoice always. Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for THIS IS GOD’S WILL for you in Christ Jesus.”
Sorry, I had to cap that for emphasis.
Did you catch that though? That is God’s Will for our life.
It doesn’t say rejoice if you get that dream job. Or rejoice if you finally met “the one”. Or pray only when things are bad.
It says to do it no matter what.
Every. Single. Day.
Now that is not the only verse in the Bible that talks about God’s Will.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 talks about how it is God’s Will for us to be holy and to stay away from all sexual sin.
1 Peter 2:15 lets us know that His will is for us to do good.
Ephesians 5:15-20 reminds us to be filled with the Spirit and not wine or debauchery (it’s a-ok if you have to search up the meaning of this word, I did too). And it also reminds us again to always sing praises and make music from our hearts to the Lord.
So, there you have it. His will is honestly not about how we can live our best lives for ourselves.
It’s a bit more serious than that.
Romans 8:28 says:
“And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
This verse has been abused and overused many times. I have heard people often say the cliche, “God will work out everything for your good. He promises so.”
Please note it says for the good of those who love God and are called to HIS PURPOSE.
Did you catch that?
Not your purpose. But His.
What does a life look like for His purpose?
It’s a life that calls us to sacrifice, to give more than we receive, to always be thankful and joyful. To do good even when someone does something you disagree with, calls you names, starts a rumor about you, leaves you an anonymous nasty message on Sararrah. It calls us to love our country leader – even when we completely disagree with the decision-making.
It calls us to love when it’s the last thing we want to do.
A life following God’s Will is pretty challenging, but it is not impossible.
The incredible thing is the challenge will be so worth it. Because we were not made for here. We were made for eternity.
One of my favorite songs on my Spotify playlist has an incredible reminder that sings:
“Just cause I’m born here, don’t mean I’m from here”.
Let that be an incredible reminder for you. Life is not about you.
When you suffer, it’s not because God hates you and wants to make sure you know that.
Actually, can you believe that suffering brings joy?
It’s where we grow the most. In the darkest seasons of our lives.
“And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4
I hope this post is an encouragement to you. That suffering is so worth it.
That the upsets of life can actually be greater than the good times.
Why? Because it builds our character. And it takes us where we belong.
I’ve learned that there are only two things we get to take away from this earth. Our character & the relationships we build.
And that is all that matters.
I just can’t help but praise him continually. Pray constantly. And give thanks.
Because when I fulfill HIS WILL not mine, that is when I know I am on the right track – headed right towards my real home.
Because His will that He intended all along for us is one that will bring us to His feet. Where we get to bask in His goodness for eternity.
Phew. God, you are SO good.
Thank you for being who you are and for revealing the best plan for us. I am so thankful to be known and loved by a King like you.