What is the will of God for my life?
This is a common question that is often asked in contemporary Christian settings and on occasion, within the secular realm. Many times this question is a form of code language that is really begging the question[s]: “What kind of job am I going to have?” Or “Who am I supposed to marry?”
I pray I am not overgeneralizing, but in ministry I know from experience that the question asker expects a spiritual leader to point them to the end results of 5 year plans and year ambitions.
But my question is often, “When does the Bible address God’s will for the Christian’s life as something so… Rudimentary?
Yes, the Bible does address the will of God. And yes, God does address how we are to live for Him. However, rarely is His will addressed to a yearly organizing calendar, but rather He provides an intended result for the product of our day to day living. God’s will always leads to His glory. It is not a plan that is intended to merely parallel the direction we are going. Rather, it is more likened to a GPS-led transport, guiding humanity to God’s glory and intentions.
In an age of fact checkers, I am encouraging the reader to prove me wrong with Scripture. The will of God was always for the advancement of his glory and to bring those who he loves into a relationship and salvation (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:4-5).
At what point, has God’s will changed to accommodate humanity by focusing on secondary matters and gratifying human desires. The answer to this question, I am sure-
It hasn’t (Ephesians 5:15-17).
The question is, “What is God’s will for yourself day by day to advance His Heavenly kingdom and grow in Godliness (Ultimately glorifying Him)?” This sounds harsh, nonetheless, as we are in God, truly we are privileged.
Functionally, in fulfilling His will, He will take care of us (2 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 4:19; 1 Peter 5:7). As the accompanying verses exemplify and the testimonies of the martyred saints show, this is not always a physical meeting of needs. Beautifully, this would show us that God has grander plans for the spiritual than the physical prosperity of humanity. From physical (And spiritual anguish for that matter), He did not even spare His own Son. Rather, the Trinity worked and fulfilled the Gospel in this way so that we could freely receive Him and all the glorious treasures that He has stored for us in Heavenly places (Romans 8:32; Ephesians 1:3).
As we align with God’s will of salvation and become a component of His Body, we have hope. Hope and comfort of the Spirit can be likened to a fuel to present the Gospel and be used as vessels for others to align with God’s will as well (Romans 15:13; 1 Timothy 2:4).
Saying this, allow the hope of Christ coming and the richness of God’s love shed abroad in our hearts to drive our life. Christian culture would be better off to break from replacing the hope of God with the hope of a job, spouse, instant healing, or whatever our hope is mistakenly staked on. If this resonates, uproot that rusty, weightless, dragging anchor and replace it with the Secure Anchor of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 6:18-19).
Stop asking, “God what is your plan and will for my life?” and ask the more appropriate question of “What are we doing today Abba [Father]?”
God resides outside of time but works in the day to day. Scripturally, prophets like David and Jeremiah had a firm understanding in not only how God works, but also His understanding for a human’s pace and frailty (Psalm 19:2; Lamentations 3:20-26).