While deciding if I should be a preacher or a teacher I kept asking “What is God’s will for my life?” If you’re wondering the same thing (not if you should be a preacher or a teacher, but rather “what is the will of God is in my life today?”), then you’ve come to the right place.
I made the wrong choice when I was trying to decide where to go to school, which degree to pursue, and what God’s will for my life was. I listened to the wrong voice and I regret the decision I made. I know God works all things together for those who are living according to His purpose, and I don’t feel guilty or bad about myself. I just regret knowing God’s will for my life and choosing to go in the other direction. I followed my own will for my life because it was easier, cheaper, cleaner and faster.
What is God’s will for your life? Maybe you think you might have an idea, or maybe you have no clue. I wrote How to Stop Resisting God’s Will for Your Life assuming that you actually know God’s will. That was two years ago; today, I know finding God’s will isn’t always easy. Nor is God’s will something you discover once, and yay! You’re finished forever.
On the contrary, the “What is God’s will for my life?” is one of those questions you may find yourself asking over and over. Luckily, I have a few tips on how to find God’s will and live happily ever after in the Kingdom of Heaven. Doesn’t that sound awesome?
3 Things to Remember About God’s Will for Your Life
While reading Exodus 31 I learned that action leads to knowledge. That statement is the foundation of everything you need to know about God’s will for your life. Action leads to knowledge…and sometimes action involves resting. Sometimes action is about listening, hearing, reflecting, and finding God’s will where you least expect it.
This blog post is part of my She Blossoms Through the Bible project; I’m writing an article for every chapter in every book of Scripture. I started with Genesis, and am mostly through Exodus. In this post I weave my own story of finding the will of God for my life with Moses, Bezalel, and the Israelites’ experience of Yahweh in ancient times.
1. God knows—and cares—that you are alive
Exodus 31: 2-6 says: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him.’” Moses, Bezalel, Uri, Hur, Oholiab, Ahisamak, and the tribes of Judah and Dan were important to God. He didn’t just know they were alive. He didn’t just create them to helplessly wander and wonder what God created them to do. God created them for a specific purpose, just like He created you.
You matter to God. You are important to us. I always wondered how God could create this vast, magnificent, amazing universe and planet earth and people and bacteria…and still know and love me. And you. And the sparrows that fall, the refugees all over the world, the mourners and the lost people and the problem children and the wounded soldiers. How does God keep track of us all, much less love us? How does He know the numbers of hair on our heads? Then just yesterday (on my birthday!) I learned that the reason God knows and loves each of us so intimately is because He is vast, infinite, amazing, powerful and holy. God’s awesomeness doesn’t separate us, it’s the very thing that allows Him to know and love us deeply. When you’re asking what the will of God is in your life, remember that He knows you intimately, loves you deeply, and wants you to flourish boldly and brightly so you can bless the world.
2. Action leads to knowledge
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.’” – Exodus 31:12-13. Weirdly, observing God’s Sabbath is what leads to knowledge of God. When the Israelites rested, they learned more about God and themselves. Action led to knowledge—and action includes resting, praying, refreshing, relaxing, renewing, and realizing who God is. This knowledge gives us more information and can even be transformed into wisdom. This newfound wisdom isn’t just for the week to come, but to learn more about God’s will for life, work, relationships, and community.
Take action by resting and reaching out, knocking and waiting to see if a door will open for you. I have friends who wait, pray, wait, and pray some more for God to tell them what to do. There’s nothing wrong with waiting and praying and trying to hear God’s will for your life, but it’s important to balance that with taking small steps of faith. The foundation of faith is acting when you don’t know for sure what the outcome will be. If God said, “This is My exact will for your life, and this is exactly what will happen when you do X,” then you wouldn’t need faith. Even when God spoke to Moses in Exodus, He didn’t reveal exactly what would happen every step of the way. Moses and the Israelites had to take action and learn.
3. Knowing God leads to knowing His will for your life
Reread Exodus 31:12-13: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.’” God commanded the Israelites not just to observe the Sabbath so they could be refreshed and rested for the week and work to come. God wanted the Israelites to know Him. God wanted the Israelites to be holy because He is holy, and He wanted the Israelites to keep doing this—observing the Sabbath and learning about God—forever and ever, amen.
God made it easier to know Him by giving us Jesus Christ. Growing a healthy spiritual relationship with Jesus will help you know God’s will for your life. Instead of wrestling with the big life questions alone, you can talk to Jesus. Literally! You can talk to Jesus right now. “What is God’s will for my life, Jesus?” Yesterday I asked, “How can I really, truly know Your love, Jesus, so I can reflect Your joy, peace, wisdom and freedom to others?” And less than an hour later I learned through a preacher’s podcast that God’s awesomeness is the very thing that draws Him near to me…and it changed everything. Having a personal, growing relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit will help you learn His will for your life.
What obstacles and challenges hold you back from knowing God’s will for your life? Your comments — big and little — are welcome below!
With His love,
P.S. If you’re struggling to find God’s will for your life, read An Easy Way to Stop Overthinking God’s Will.
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