“How do I know if I am in God’s will?”
Now this was a question that I asked myself often. I was about to go into by second year of college and I had to figure out what I wanted to major in. I felt unsure, and many times I felt confused. I felt like I had to figure out my entire life, and that I needed to have a perfect plan laid out. Was I meant to be a missionary in a foreign country, or a science teacher in my country? Was I meant to work in ministry, or pursue another college degree? How did I know God’s will for my life?
That’s when I came across a Beth Moore preaching on YouTube, and God spoke to me as clearly as I needed Him to. One phrase stood out to me in her message, “You can’t fall out of God’s will.” That’s exactly when it hit me; if God wants me to be in His will He won’t let me miss the mark. He knows my heart, and He will guide me to where He wants me in every season.
He knows my heart, and He will guide me to where He wants me in every season.
Sister, I know I’m not the only one that has ever felt like decisions in life can be pretty tough, especially when you want to please God. That’s why I want you to look at what the word of God says:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV)
Something I have learned is that God many times won’t give us blueprints or a play by play for our lives. Pleasing Him simply means doing everything we do for His glory. He already has great plans for us, all we need to do is follow the Holy Spirit’s promptings and move in faith.
If God were to give us every detail about what will happen in our lives, then we wouldn’t really be living by faith. We would be living a life without risks and trust in the Lord, because we would already know the outcome.
If God were to give us every detail..then we wouldn’t really be living by faith.
A few years ago, I went on a missionary trip and absolutely fell in love with the people of that country. I fell in love with the red dirt roads and the kind hearts of the locals. The people treated us like family even though we were foreigners from the “other side,” as they called it. The presence of God there was so powerful, and I literally didn’t want to come home at the end of the trip.
I fell in love with missions on that trip. When I came home, I almost felt out of place. It was something like reverse culture shock. I was amazed by our smooth roads and air conditioned buildings. I compared everything to that country, and it took me weeks to adjust back to my life here in the U.S. At a certain point I even began to feel guilty for everything that God had provided for my family and I. We had a beautiful house, multiple cars, and scholarships for our education. To most of the world we would be considered rich!
Eventually, I began to compare myself to these great missionaries. I felt like the only way that I could possibly be doing God’s will would be to give everything I had to the poor. I was to give up all the comforts I had in order to bravely go live among “the least of these.” This sacrificial lifestyle was the only way that God could be pleased in me. If I was suffering, then I was in His will.
I couldn’t be more wrong! For some reason, I didn’t feel at peace with that decision. Even though it sounded so romantic, the idea of leaving my great life and going to the poor, it wasn’t God’s will for my life at that moment. He knew my heart, and I kept feeling like the Lord wanted me to go to nursing school, and so I did. When I enrolled for nursing school, I felt peace, and God began to open doors for me as I fell in love with this profession.
He showed me that there was people in my own country who needed God’s love, and through nursing I would be able to touch many lives. God began to show me that I had much work to do in my own community, and began to give me a burden for my own people.
If there is anything that I learned from this experience, it was that God’s will may not be what we think it is. His plans are always greater than ours. He will always know what is best for our lives. Our lives don’t have to look like anyone else’s because we each have a unique calling.
Daughter of the Most High God, I invite you today to trust that no matter what may happen, He has a beautiful plan for you. If you would just commit your ways to the Lord, you will be in His will.
And we know that for those who love God: all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, ESV)
Don’t stress so much about God’s will, let Him reassure you that you have already pleased Him. All He wants you to do is to trust Him.
By Carla Lopez