I see billions of articles and quotes and blogs providing steps to “find your purpose in life”. They tell you to search your heart and to consult the universe and research your zodiac sign. Feel the vibes coming from the stars and study the constellations. That seems like the only common desire every human has: what is my purpose in life? Why I am here? I know the Bible tells us to find our purpose. We’re supposed to pray and ask God for guidance to find out the path that we’re supposed to follow. For some, that may be finding what job to take or what school to go to. For others, it is deciding what major to pursue or what city to move to. It may be whether or not to stay in a certain relationship or to keep a certain friend.
In my opinion, God’s plan for our lives may not be quite as specific as we want it to be. The ultimate purpose for our lives is to glorify God. How we do that may not be as intricately planned out as we might think. Given that we all have unique talents, everyone may be given different opportunities to serve God in a different way and some people excel at certain things more than others. However, I don’t think God has a path planned out for our lives down to the very smallest detail. I think there are several different ways our life may travel while still following God’s will.
Finding God’s will can be a challenge. We all want to look for the big sign in the clouds, “Betsy, my will for you is…”, but it doesn’t usually happen that way. In my experience, God’s will is revealed when you have a strong feeling to do something, and then events occur that are in favor of you doing that thing. However, it doesn’t always happen that way either. It can be pretty difficult at times to discover your purpose. And of course prayer is the most powerful tool we have. If you really, truly, sincerely pray for God to lead you down the right path, He will. This does not mean that you pray for a certain job, scholarship to a particular school, or for a certain boyfriend. You have to let God’s will take precedence over everything you desire for yourself.
One thing we can be sure of though, is that our ultimate reason for living is to honor and glorify God. So if whatever you’re wanting to do can’t be done for God’s glory, it’s probably not God’s will for you. Also, if the path you’re on now interferes with your relationship with God, it’s probably not God’s will for you either. This can reach into several areas of life: (these are just examples) people who take you away from God aren’t meant to be in your life, the college that doesn’t have a church nearby maybe isn’t the college you should choose, the job that consumes your time and drains your relationship with God might not be the right choice.
The main thing to consider in every situation is how that particular choice will affect your faith and your relationship with God.
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
When you seek God above all else, everything after that will be taken care of. I mean, that’s the only reason God put people on the Earth to begin with, to bring Him glory. So of course that should be our first consideration when making any major decision. Any decision made without God’s guidance most likely isn’t the right decision. The most important thing to remember is to trust Him. All of us can rest peacefully in the fact that God’s plan for our lives will always be far greater than anything we can plan for ourselves.
Look out for part 2 coming soon!