How To Find God's Will And Plan For You
Psalm 57:2 says, "I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfils his purpose for me." These words are crucial to understanding God's purpose for your life. God has numbered your days and will fulfil every purpose He has for you.
You have a purpose, and there are good things in store for you. But maybe things don't quite seem like it right now. You look around you, and everyone's life seems to be going better than yours. Your friends and family seem happy, engaged and loving every minute of their lives, while you languish and struggle to get out of bed in the mornings.
But the Bible tells us God made us in his image, and numerous passages speak of joy and love and living according to his will. But first, let's determine if you are indeed lost and need God's help.
How many of these fit you?
I feel trapped in my life with no control over my days or the outcome of things.
I work hard and make enough money, but I hate my job. I feel like I can never be happy doing it. The little joy I get comes from my friends and outside my work.
I lead a grey, dreary and unfulfilled existence. Nothing I do feels like a rewarding, meaningful, purposeful experience, and I'm hungry for a change.
I grew up not knowing God. I do not live according to God's word and living in sin has just been easier until now.
Unlike the Israelites, who wandered for 40 years to get to the Promised Land, my life seems aimless. Nothing excites me, and I feel like I'm just going through the motions every day.
If some or any of these feel exactly like you think, then you've come to the right place. But don't take our word for it.
Deuteronomy 31:6,8 tell us "Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."
Here are four things you can do to turn your life around, experience God's love and find God's purpose for your life right now.
Get away from the world for a while and take some time to think, pray and journal your feelings. Join a community retreat or take the day off from the world, ask God for direction and listen for His voice. He will guide you.
Each of us is gifted with the strengths and gifts that are valuable when applied correctly. Whether you're fantastic with computers, a near-genius musician, are great with children and the elderly or can identify birds, God's plan for you probably already involves doing something that uses what you're great at. Go back to school if you must. Pour yourself into learning more about what you can do and connect with like-minded people who are on a similar path.
God works best at the crossroads, where our talents meet our passions. You could be passionate about anything from origami to politics, art appreciation and social work. There is no wrong answer. Answer the question - What would you do if you didn't need money?
Ask for help. Find parents, teachers, friends and counsellors who live in God's light and who you can trust. These are people who will love and support you and help you find your calling.
Ultimately Philippians 1:6 says it best. "We don't know what the future will hold, but we know that he is good and will bring what he began to completion. If we pursue holiness first, wherever we may end up will be of some importance, yet ultimately trivial."