Instead of searching for God’s will for your life, you should be asking God for his will for today.
For much of my life, I’ve been frustrated by the search for God’s will. There have been SO MANY TIMES where I’ve asked God to tell me what he wants me to do with my life, especially as it related to finding my dream job. Yet God stayed quiet. Too quiet. Like the kind of quiet that makes you wonder if something epically bad is about to happen. When God didn’t answer, I started to wonder if he cared. I started to wonder if He loved me, or if he was just trying to play a game with me, like Hide-n-seek. I wanted to tell him that the game wasn’t fun anymore, in fact, I never really found it to be fun. I wanted to know what God had created me for—the job that fits my gifts and abilities—yet God seemed eerily silent.
One day, I got frustrated enough that I Googled it, I Googled, “What is God’s will for my life?” Guess what popped up, a verse I didn’t expect. Check out how it begins:
1 Thessalonians 4:3, “For this is the will of God…”
Wait?! What?! I’ve been searching for God’s will for how long, and it was right here in the Bible the entire time? In fact, here are two verses that include the concept of God’s will for you and me…
1 Thessalonians 4:3, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification.”
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22, “But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.”
And there are more, a lot more verses that describe what God wants us to do—his will for our lives. Interestingly, none of them have to do with a job. Instead, each of the “will of God” verses I’ve found has to do with the way we live each day, and apply to every context in which the Lord places us. Do you remember what a context is from English class? A context is the setting in which the story takes place. The primary context of Romeo and Juliet is a balcony. 1 Thessalonians 5 applies to every context of every day. God’s will for you and me in every context is to respect our leaders, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient, seek the good of others, rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks always—in every circumstance. It doesn’t matter what job we have or what context we find ourselves in today, God’s will for our lives applies to every area of our lives. Which is why I started off this blog with the comment, “Instead of searching for God’s will for your life, you should be asking God for his will for you today.”
May the Lord enlighten our hearts and give us eyes to see and ears to hear what he would have for us to do today, in every context that he places us. May we live out 1 Thessalonians 5, and be people who respect our leaders, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient, seek the good of others, rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks always—in every circumstance. For that is God’s will for us today, and every day.