“It is all in God’s hands.” I know this is something we hear often, but it’s hard to put it into action, and it’s definitely easier said than done.
I am a sophomore at Lipscomb University, and I have struggled since I came to college because I haven’t known what my major should be. I was undecided my whole freshman year, but this year I have chosen to study communication and youth ministry.
I want God’s will for my life so bad, but I don’t know what it is yet. As stressful as this can be, it is so important to remember that He reveals it all to us in His perfect timing. It is really easy to know this, but it is really hard to trust it.
When I have thought about God’s will in the past, I pictured His will being major stepping stones in my life. I read a book by Francis Chan last year called Forgotten God, and it completely changed this perspective.
Chan explained that God’s perfect will is not only what we do in the next five years, but His will is also what we do in the next five minutes.
It is so easy in our society to get caught up in wanting to know God’s “big plan” for our lives, but we have to be continually asking Him to lead us in His will every second of the day. We cannot put His plans for us in a box.
We should remember that God wants and knows what is best for us. It is so much better for us to follow His will than to try and figure it out for ourselves. Jeremiah 29:11 is a Bible verse we hear so often, but it is so significant. Some of you may have never read it, but if you have read this verse, I encourage you to read it as if you’ve never read it before. Try to let the words of truth really sink in.
“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.” – Jeremiah 29:11
I encourage all of you to remember that His plans for each of us look completely different. My favorite pastor, Levi Lusko, put it this way: God’s purpose for us is not just a hole that anyone can fill. God has carved out a specific spot for each of you, and no one but you can fill that spot.
Something important to remember is that we can minister in any job/career that we are called to. We need to have people ministering in different job scenarios so that God’s truth can be spread in multiple different ways and places.
If we have this mindset, then we will see God’s will in a completely different way. I encourage you all to try and take everything day by day and try not to allow the things that stress you out overtake God’s truth. Try to remember that He will reveal everything to you in His perfect timing.
Has there ever been a time in your life when you didn’t know what to do, and you had to completely lay it all at God’s feet because you didn’t know what else to do? If so, please tell me about it and how you handled the situation in the comments below!
…act justly, love mercy, walk humbly…