Many of us say that we want whatever God wants for us, but is this really true? What happens when He reveals His plan and purpose for our lives, and it doesn’t match the vision we’ve been floating around in our heads? We think we found the man that God has destined for our lives and it turns out he wasn’t. We imagined a career in entertainment, and we’ve been a manager at an RV dealership the last 13 years. We wanted to live in a huge metropolitan city and take it by storm, and instead we had to drop out of college and never had enough funds to start over. Many of us ended up in a place we never thought or wanted to be, and we’re unhappy about it. We tell ourselves repeatedly that the life we’re living just can’t be God’s plan for our existences. It’s not what we expected, and we don’t understand why.
The foundation of any life that is lived well is faith in God. Period. Without faith in God’s love, Word, and goodness, we don’t have a foundation. We’re going to be lost because we don’t trust His Word and therefore, lack His direction. Proverbs 3:5-6(NLT) gives us an absolutely crucial truth for building a life. It says, “5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” When it comes to where we have our feet firmly planted this very moment, we must allow an opening in our hearts and minds for the reality that God had something to do with that. Whether it’s to our liking or far from it, our positioning is purposeful to where the Lord is taking us.
God knows that if we lean on our own understanding, we will be disappointed, confused, and dissatisfied with life. On our own, we lack the understanding to move in a way that He has purposed. So, wherever we are in life this very moment, He doesn’t want us to forget that He alone holds the key to our tomorrows.
In Acts 17:26-28(NLT), God tells us exactly how to frame our thinking around our positioning in life. This passage states, “26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. 27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him–though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’” God, and God alone, has the plan for our lives. He determined our boundaries. The time of our births, where we were born and who our parents would be, all of this was predestined according to His divine plan. He has strategically positioned us so that we would seek after Him, and every detail of our lives, from the smallest to the greatest, is for that purpose.
Verse 28 of this same passage tells us that it is in God that we live, move, and have our being. It’s in Him that we find everything that we could ever possibly need, and as His children, we shouldn’t exit this life without realizing this truth. Jesus Christ commands us in Matthew 6:33(NKJV), “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” This commandment is the answer many of us have overlooked. It is only when we seek God first, when He is first in our hearts and lives, that we will begin to walk in all that He has in store. The bottom line is that we are strategically positioned right this very moment to give God the praise and glory regardless of our conditions and circumstances.
From where we are, we have the perfect view to see the vision of where God wants to take us. We’re in the perfect place to seek Him with all our hearts so that we understand that He is our greatest treasure, and no one compares to Him. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT) tells us “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” God’s plan is infinitely better than any plan we have for ourselves. Whether you realize it or not, your life is proving this truth in one way or another. Humble yourself before God. Let your prayers be about seeking Him and getting to know Him better. Ask Heavenly Father to help you truly want what He wants for you. When this is your aim, no matter where you are, you’ll have a song in your heart every day. ■
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
“Do I Want What God Wants?”, written for overcomingdomesticviolence.org©2023. All rights reserved. All done to the glory of God through Jesus Christ, our Lord!