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?
Jeremiah 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