Win-Win Situation

The will of God for our lives is something that we all want to know. We’d all like for God to email us a PDF file that contains what job will we have, where we will live, and the name of our future spouse. But God doesn’t do that. As awesome as it would be to see an email in your inbox from God@gmail.com with the subject line, “Your Future”, that’s just not gonna happen.

So we have two options. We can spend our time worrying about our future and being stressed out over it. Or we can simply trust God when he says that he has great plans for us. Guess which one we pick a lot of the time? Yup, choice number one. Why? Sometimes it’s because we feel that if we worry and stress out about our future, at least we’re doing something. But other times, it’s because we simply don’t trust God.

We would never say that out loud. We would never admit it to anyone, not even ourselves. But if we’re brutally honest with ourselves, we’ll realize that we don’t really believe that God has our best interests in mind. When we think this way, it breeds an attitude of fear towards letting God have his way in your life. I’ve felt this way at points throughout my life. In middle school, I was afraid that God would make me be a preacher and that he would make me marry a girl I wasn’t attracted to. In high school, I was afraid that God would call me to the mission field. And now that I’m in college, I’ve lived under fear that God would call me to some boring, dead end job. I’ve lived in fear of letting God control my life for a long time. But the thing is, none of those fears were valid.

Contrary to what I believed for a long time, God is not sitting in heaven; plotting how to make us absolutely miserable. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has plans to prosper us and not to harm us. So if that’s true, God has awesome things in store. And what’s really awesome is that the Lord gives us freedom in that!

The Lord places desires and passions in our hearts for reason. There’s a reason you love to play music. There’s a reason you love to work with kids. There’s a reason you love to do whatever you love. So follow those passions. Psalms 37:4 says that if you delight yourself in the Lord, he will give you the desires of your heart. Not that God is at your personal genie but if you really seek him, he will honor that.

So in short, don’t be scared of God’s will. When you’re in his will, you’ll enjoy it more than anything else. You’ll have the joy of knowing you’re right where God wants you to be.

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