God, what is your will for my life?
Last week in Intern class our director wrote “What is God’s will for my life?” on the board and then left the room to allow us freedom to discuss. How do we know God’s will for our lives?
Usually when in a group of young adults looking at the idea of God’s will I see nothing but confusion. People waiting for God to give them a revelation that will send them towards their vocation and hopefully the perfect school to prepare for it at.
The interns this year are great. Really it’s such a godly group, I’m so blessed to be a part of it.
Anyways, I was thinking about how much confusion I see around the topic so I thought I’d share some of the things we talked about that day:
-God’s shown us some of His will already – in His word. If we’re waiting on His will and not following what He’s already said we have a problem.
-God has given us gifts, skills and talents. He’s also given us desires in our hearts. He wants us to use them for His glory. He wants us to be who He made us to be. (So in seeking His will, we’re also seeking to see who He made us.)
-Sometimes God will give us times when we are supposed to wait on Him. Not every time will be like this.
-God doesn’t want us to sit around waiting for His will and doing nothing for His kingdom while we wait. Not many of us felt a specific calling to Urban Promise. We saw that God was working there and we joined in.
-Being at Urban Promise doesn’t mean that we’re already ‘in God’s will’ and don’t have to seek it any longer. We should wake up each morning and ask how we can join in his work THAT DAY.
-We should be prayerful about everything we do and make sure that it lines up with scripture.
-Speaking of which:
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. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” -James 4:13
So, from that we see that we shouldn’t think that we have solid plans. We should always be open to God changing the plans we have and bringing about His will in that way. (My dad says that we don’t use the phrase: “Lord willing,” as a close to explaining our plans enough anymore.)
By the end of our class we had changed the question all together, the question we as interns want to ask is this:
God, what is your will for my DAY?