which way

i think we’ve all asked the question…

what is God’s will for my life?

He says He has a plan. why can’t i have a copy of it?

and all kinds of people have answers. most of them clichés.

i’ve heard them all.

“well if you knew the shortest way from point A to point B, you wouldn’t need God”

“it’s selfish to ask about His will for YOUR life. His will is His will”

“just let go and let God”

one after another ad nauseum. i know that people are well intentioned, but sometimes it’s ok to just not have a pat answer for everything. and yes when i say people, i mean me too. i’ve been guilty of pulling the “Christianese” answer. sometimes we just think we need to say something. i know that we want answers. we want to know why. but i think sometimes what we really want is God to conform to our will rather than us conforming to His. we make plans and want God to put His stamp of approval on them as His will. our plans, as well intentioned as they may be, usually involve a path of least resistance that will bring glory to us. then we get frustrated when things don’t go our way and like an overgrown child we sit on the floor and throw a tantrum and ask God why. then it comes back to that question. what is His will for my life?

Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what the circumstances you find yourself in. (This is God’s WILL for ALL of you in Jesus the Liberator) 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Voice

i love that. maybe if we looked for that will of God and lived our lives in thankfulness, we would begin to see where He works to grow us into who we are in Him.

the passage continues

So now, may the God of peace make you His own completely and set you apart from the rest. May your spirit, soul and body be preserved, kept intact and wholly free from any sort of blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus, the Liberating King. For the God who calls you is faithful, and He can be trusted to make it so. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 The Voice

i’m going to try and walk that way today. my prayer is that you can too.


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