Are You After God’s Purpose for Your Life or His Plans?

Do you ever feel lost or confused about God’s will for your life? The elusive will of God—that thing we say we desire while we pursue our will for our lives and ask God to approve our plans. God has been teaching me a thing or two lately about why He made me.

I daresay we Christians hear all the time that God has a purpose for our lives. What amazing news and what hope that brings for life! It’s not all meaningless! God has a purpose for me. For you. For everyone He created. For years I’ve heard that phrase without understanding what it really means. Instead of seeking God, asking Him to reveal to me what His purpose for my life is, I’ve spent most of my time petitioning Him to reveal His plans. You see, for me at least, I have more often been interested in God as a fortune-teller rather than God as a purpose-giver. I wanted Him to tell me where I’m headed, what steps to take, who to marry, and what I should be when I grow up. But those things are about the plan or path, not the purpose.

Don’t get me wrong here—seeking God for His path for our lives is important. We should always be after His wisdom. But I think to discover what God meant when He made us is equally important. What did He leave here for you to do, to accomplish?

Jeremiah29.13Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and will bring you back from captivity’.”

This verse encourages us to leave the plan in God’s hands and seek after Him instead.

Our energy should be spent pursuing Him, and finding Him will be more security than knowing what’s coming.

Have you ever asked God why He made you the way you are? Why you have the gifts you have? Why you’re so outspoken or athletic, so sensitive or smart? He did it for a reason. He has things for you to do on this earth, things no one but you were made to do. God’s purpose for your life is always in you, regardless of if the “plan” is making sense right now. You can begin to live it before you ever grow up and finish school or find a job or get married. Who you are made to be doesn’t change with life’s circumstances. No one knows you better than the One who made you. Ask Him who you are in His eyes.

I don’t want to tip my hand too much, but this post just might be from a Wasting Perfume devotional book I have been working on. Would love your thoughts! – Tiffany

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Chelsea Jarratt says:

    How often I’ve heard Jeremiah 29:11 quoted and just assumed that what was also meant was that God knows the plans and then is waiting to reveal them to me when I ask. I miss the rest of the verse that promises to reveal HIMSELF to me when I seek HIM. What a beautiful relationship he is calling me to rather than a map. Thanks for this.

    1. Beautiful comment, Chelsea! Joel and I had a long conversation about this on a late-night drive back from Chicago in college with a bunch of sleeping people in the back seat and me in the front trying to keep him awake for the drive 🙂 I vividly remember the song “With Everything” playing on repeat and feeling the weight of this revelation hit me.

  2. Joel Hobgood says:

    Such good memories of this conversation!

    1. Me too! It’s as clear today as it was that night, and God’s still working out the action in me to go with the revelation.

  3. This is what God has been teaching me: …Who you are made to be doesn’t change with life’s circumstances…
    You have captured it so well. So well.

    *sigh* – Selah!

    1. So true! Thanks so much for adding your thoughts!

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