Asking “What do you want from me, God?” is normal — especially for believers who love God yet feel overwhelmed with pain, grief, abuse and suffering. There aren’t any easy answers, but God make does promises (covenants) that reveal what He wants for us.
Not only does the Lord tell us what He wants for us, He also tells us what He wants from us in return. We have the best part of the deal! We’re His children, free to trust and rest in His sovereignty. In Jesus we have a never-ending source of life, light, joy and peace. We get to sit back and receive more blessings and gifts than we could ever manufacture on our own.
But we struggle. We’ve always struggled to trust God completely, to live by faith, and to wholeheartedly follow Jesus. We neglect the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit. Everything God wants for us is good…but we want to follow our own hearts, inclinations, emotions, and natural desires. We get confused, thinking God doesn’t want good things for us. And we go our own way, forgetting that following Him will lead to riches never seen on earth.
What do you think God wants for you? Listen to your heart and spirit. Does God want you to be single or married, childless or child-full, awake or asleep? Does He want you to choose a certain career, go to a specific school, or live in a particular city?
Now, consider what you want for you. If you’re like me, you want to be happy. You want peace, love, joy, and abundance in your life! You want to live well, occasionally have an adventure, maybe go on a safari in Africa or soak up the sun in Jamaica. You want to thrive, flourish, and even blossom into who God created you to be.
Here’s a wild thought: what if God wants the same things for you?
What God Wants for You
This article is part of my She Blossoms Through the Bible project. I’m writing an article for every chapter in every book of the Bible! This article (What God Wants for You – Step 9) is inspired by God’s covenant in Genesis 9 — symbolized by the rainbow or war bow in the clouds — with Noah, us, animals and the earth.
In this article, we get a glimpse of what God wants for you, me, and all His children. We also see what He wants from us, and how we can all live in peace and joy. Sound good? Sure does to me 🙂
1. God sees and responds to us. God was paying close attention to the world, Noah, and his family before, during, and after the flood. God was responsive and active in the beginning, and His still acting in powerful ways today. Our world is flooded with negativity and bad news, fear and grief, pain and suffering. There is no doubt that this world isn’t what God intended when He created the earth and humans. Much is happening behind the scenes, like in Job. Satan exists and we are in a constant battle with evil. But God sees what’s happening and responds in various ways. We don’t understand or even know all the things He does and allows to happen…but true believers know that God wants good for us.
2. God is constantly throwing us into strange new worlds! While reading Genesis 9 I realized God keeps changing our environment in response to what we say and do. He created the earth in the beginning, and gave us freedom to live fully, deeply, madly. We chose madly — and we keep choosing madly — and God responds by throwing us into new worlds. It happened to Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, and Noah and his family. I’ve lived in several strange new worlds created by God (I taught in Africa for three years, lived on Bowen Island, BC for five years, am living the life of a published writer and self-employed blogger). I am 100% sure you, too, are living in a world you didn’t plan and aren’t even sure you like. And yet, here you are. Struggling to determine if it’s true that God wants good things for you.
3. God wants to bless us. After Noah and his family emerged from the ark in Genesis 9, God blessed him. God said to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” — which is good. Being fruitful means enjoying relationships and marriage, having babies, raising happy healthy children, being part of a family and community. God sent the flood to wipe out the earth because it was evil; after the flood, He wanted us to repopulate and help regenerate life. God is just, which means He can’t just ignore or turn His back on sin, evil, and corruption. But He is also gracious and compassionate, abounding in love…which mean He blesses us when we turn to Him.
About You and Me
1. We believe in God, but struggle to trust Him. Trusting God is scary because we think we know what’s best for us. We want this, work for that, hope for this, think that would be perfect for us. And we suffer horrible loss, painful disappointments, heartbreaking accidents and unforeseen tragedies…and this makes us question God’s love and plan for us. We don’t have perfect lives so we think God doesn’t want good things for us. We make mistakes, cause pain, have regrets and hurt people….and this makes us withdraw from God. We still believe, but we don’t really think what God wants for us is good.
2. Sometimes we start strong and finish weak. Noah’s faith in God was amazing in Genesis 6-8! In How to Wait on God Without Losing Faith – Step 8 I described how Noah stayed in the ark for months, and only disembarked after God commanded. Noah started out as a righteous man, strong and true…and he ended up drunk on the wine from his own vineyards. Genesis 9 does not end well, and I know God did not want this for Noah and his family. What God wants for you, me, and all His children is life, love, and health. God wants for us to be free, filled with joy and peace. God wants for us to be in healthy relationships with Him and each other…and above all God wants for us to know His son, Jesus.
3. We don’t like change. I’m one of the few people on earth who love and thrive on change! I love moving to new homes, wandering around new cities, exploring new countries. God and my childhood created me to be flexible, adaptable, and resilient. My husband, on the other hand, is normal. He’s like most humans: he doesn’t seek change and doesn’t adjust with joy and peace to to strange new worlds. But I suspect God wants us to become adaptable and flexible, open and accepting of different people, places, ideas and plans. I believe this because of Jesus. He adapted to new situations without losing his identity or purpose. Jesus accepted and loved people while speaking truthfully and holding on to His relationship with God.
What God Wants for You
God wants you to thrive, grow, flourish, and blossom into who He created you to be! He wants good things for you and your loved ones. He wants you to be healthy and happy, to reflect His glory, light, and joy. He wants you to be free from the pain and grief.
Do you believe God is on your side? Maybe you’re struggling to accept Jesus or believe the Holy Spirit can change your life. Maybe you’ve experienced so much pain, rejection, abandonment and abuse that you don’t believe God wants good things for you. Maybe you’re like me, and have spent the majority of your life feeling insecure and inferior. If so, then you haven’t let the one true God — the God of the Holy Bible, who sent His son Jesus — into your heart. You believe in Him, but you aren’t following.
God wants you to live in peace and joy with Him.
You’re here because of God. You found She Blossoms not just because you’re searching for what God wants for your life, but because He is actively guiding and leading you. He wants you to know Jesus better and build a strong personal relationship with Him. Why? So He can give you everything you want: love, freedom, power, strength, hope, grace, forgiveness, joy.
When you’re thinking about what you want in your life, consider the need behind the thing. If you want a healthy relationship, for example, then what you really want is love. If you want more money, then you really want security and self-worth. If you want to be beautiful, then you want to feel loved and valued.
Learn how to get those feelings — love, security, self-worth, self-identity, and value — from Jesus. He will grant you the desires of your heart, and it’ll be icing on the cake. If you learn how to love God for who He is and accept what He wants for your life, then you will be filled with the joy, peace and love that surpasses all understanding.
What do you think? Your comments — big and little – are welcome below!
With His love,
P.S. If you’re struggling with a difficult decision or starting a new season in life, read An Easy Way to Stop Overthinking God’s Will.