What Is God's Will for Me?
If you could ask God three questions about his will for your life, what would they be? Would you want to know where you'll go to college? What kind of job you'll get? How much money you're going to make? Would you ask him who you'll marry—or if you'll get married at all?
We wonder about God's will. But our questions sound like the kinds of things someone might ask a fortuneteller. Do we really want to know God's will? Or are we just curious about the future?
James has some harsh words for people who look toward tomorrow without thinking of God first. He says, "Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. … Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that'" (James 4:13-15).
That phrase, "If it is the Lord's will," really does make a huge difference. If I leave it out, I'm basically saying, "You just sit tight, God. I've got my life under control." But if I remember to include those words, I'm reminding myself and others, "Nothing is more important to me than the desires of God."
God cares about our tomorrows, of course. But he also cares a lot about how we live today. And to recognize how God wants to lead us tomorrow, we must work on our spiritual vision today. We can start with questions like: What is God's will for my temper? For my choices about sex? For my relationships? For my attitude toward church?
When we really think about the answers to these questions, we'll notice some areas in our lives that need to change. It might seem like those changes are too hard, or that God's will is just a big bunch of rules designed to take the fun out of life.
In truth, God's will isn't like that at all. Ultimately, God's will is that we love him. And because of who he is, loving him should be as natural as breathing.
So what is God's will for you tomorrow? It's the same as his will for you today: to follow him, to serve him, to love him. If you do that, the future becomes a lot clearer.
From the Word:
"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself" (Matthew 6:33-34).
The Power Pack Challenge
In this Power Pack Challenge, we look at God's will. One way to do that is to look at the lives of people God used. Another way is to look at our own lives, discovering how he wants to use us. Over the next few weeks, use the following readings and activities to better understand God's will.
A famous, faithful follower
If we want to ponder the will of God, it's good to think about Abraham, because he played such a pivotal role in what God wanted to do in the world. And we learn quite a bit about Abraham in Genesis 12-25. We know he struggled and doubted, just as we do. But we also know he was a person of great faith, just as we can be.