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Seeking God over His will

“I am going to fast and pray to find God’s will in my life.”

“I am trying to figure out why this terrible thing has happened to me.”

“Who am I supposed to marry?”

“What job am I supposed to do?”

 “How does God want me to provide for my family?”

Many people are in the hunt for God’s will. They want some clear direction about what God is doing and why he is doing it. So they pray, they fast, they cry, the pray some more. They are crying out, desiring the syllabus to come from on high that they can check off to earn the “A” in LIFE101.

These questions make sense. After all, the Christian doctrine of providence reminds us that this is God’s world. Everything that happens is under his hand. He is the boss.

As I’ve reflected on how providence has worked out in my life, however, I’ve realized it doesn’t usually work this way. Following God’s direction isn’t a clear picture of the future. It isn’t living without doubt that you’re making some wrong decisions. It isn’t a set of marching orders from on high, giving you step-by-step instructions on where to go.

No, following God is something slightly harder, much scarier, and infinitely better than clear marching orders.

I’m convinced that following our God is most often a trip into the murkiest of waters, without the foggiest notion of where you’re going, clinging tightly to a Tour Guide that you’re just barely learning how to trust. You’ll have doubts. You’ll have insecurities. You’ll wonder why things happen. Sometimes, you’ll wonder if your Guide really has your best interest in mind. But you’ll cling to Him, because you have no choice. And, looking back, and only looking back, you’ll see that the water was crystal clear to Him the entire time, and that He was leading exactly the way he wanted.

This is how God works out his will in our lives. His will is illusive. He does it this way on purpose. He doesn’t desire to be a crystal ball, giving you marching orders into a successful future or a clear life plan. He wants to be your God. And he wants you to cling to Him. When you cling to Him, you get His will. When you chase Him, you get his plan.

Listen to how Oswald Chambers puts it in “My Utmost for His Highest,” as he reflects this verse:

“Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you who He is.”

Are you looking for God’s will for your life? Seek Him instead. Seek God with everything, and then do what you please. He doesn’t want you to find the answers. He wants you to follow Him into the murky waters, clinging to Him as you learn to trust that He is good and that He will take care of you.

God’s will is often illusive. God isn’t. Seek Him today.

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2 Responses

  1. I think that this is exactly what God has been trying to tell Diane and I recently. I especially had to stop trying to figure out where God was leading and trying to run ahead. At times the water is so murky that we can’t even see our guide, even though He is right there. God will dispel this cloud when the time is right. So far, God has provided.

  2. I want to look back and see only one set of footprints.

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