At the start of this week I was speaking to one of our former students. He’s now 20 and has a lot of big career decisions to make in the coming months. He asked me, “Mick how can I know what God want’s me to do with my life? I want to do what He wants… but I don’t know what that is!”
His question is not uncommon.
God has clearly explained what He wants in scripture. And our choice of career has very little to do with it. God’s desire is that we love Him, follow His commands and serve Him in everything we do.
I believe that if our heart’s desire is to follow God, then God will honour that desire by gently leading and directing our lives. But God won’t steer a ship that isn’t moving. We can’t just sit on our hands and refuse to budge until God sends a lighting bolt from heaven. If there are a few options open to us, it’s important to think wisely about them, pray about our decision and then go for it! If we truly want to follow God’s will, we must trust that He will open and close doors to help guide and lead us.
Let me also suggest however, that while we are deciding where we are going, it’s a good idea to have a think about where we are.
Why Has God got me where I am right now? What could I be doing to serve the Lord right now? While we make decisions for our futures and trust Him to guide our paths, we should also look at our current circumstances and ask how we could serve Him TODAY. Let tomorrow worry about itself.
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. – Prov. 16:9
Mick Spann, Youth Pastor