Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen
I am a planner. I research and plan. That has always been a big part of who I am. My calendar is completely full on a monthly basis. Day to day schedules are planned. However, as much as I want to plan my life, life seems to always have a way of surprising me with unexpected things. Much of the time, these unexpected surprises make me happier than I had originally planned. That is called “God’s Will.” It turns out that God’s plans are always better than my plans, and His will is a marvelous thing!
As Christians learning to understand the will of God, we frequently make the mistake of thinking that God’s will for our life is an itinerary that we must follow. However, knowing God’s will is not knowing what to do, but rather it is knowing who we are in Christ. Once we become Christians, followers of Christ, we begin to change inwardly. We are no longer the person that we once were. We are no longer living for self, instead, we are living for God. When we begin to live for God, He gradually reveals His will for our lives as we walk through each day.
Throughout my younger days, I prayed for my will. I selfishly asked for prayers to be answered on my terms and with the results that I wanted. I was very immature in my walk with the Lord, and as I have matured over the last few years, my prayers have changed. I now pray, “Your will, Lord, not mine.” He just keeps surprising me daily with His answers. For you see, God’s will for His children is goodness. He wants to give us grace and mercy, and He loves us unconditionally. When we pray for His will in our lives, we receive goodness and grace and mercy and love! His will for us is always so much better than our plans we make for ourselves!
We must prepare our hearts and minds for the will of God. This requires faith and trust in God. Another ingredient that we have trouble adding is patience. We must be patient and wait for God’s answer and God’s will. Sometimes it takes longer than other times, but while we wait for the will of God, we can continue to serve Him daily. We continue to serve others. love others, and love God. Often times we don’t know what God’s will is for our lives and that is okay. All we have to do is continue to stay in His Word, continue to pray, and continue to ask God for His will to be done in our lives. Then we just serve while we wait. Who knows, serving other may be His will for you. I can’t tell you what His will is for your life, but I can tell you this. God’s will definitely will surprise you with unexpected things that are going to make you happier than you had originally planned! Let go and let God. Let Him show you how awesome the life that He wills for you can be! I guarantee you that it will be better than anything you ever planned.