How do I know what God’s purpose for my life is?
We hear people say that God built us with a purpose in mind and that he has a plan for us all the time but how do we know what that plan is? Building a relationship with God through prayer and reading the word is how to find the answers to these very important questions. The more we seek God the more we begin to know who he is. As we begin to learn who he is we begin to discover who we are and what his will is for us. This is why the bible is called the living word. God speaks through his word. The more we read the word the more it resonates in our hearts. We begin to have dialogue with him through prayer. Prayer builds a rapport with God. He wants us to seek him and is pleased when we do so. He is waiting on us to come to him with our burdens so that we can have an intimate conversation with each other. God loves us and he is waiting to heal all the pain and hurt that we have caused by the things of this world and its people. He is eager to answer the questions we have about our lives. Who knows you better than your creator? So who better to ask these questions to? What kind of person does God want me to be? Jesus Christ is the perfect example of how God wants us to live. The challenge is that we must be constantly working to emulate him. As we grow spiritually every day we begin growing in our patience, kindness, gentleness, etc. I always wondered how some people could attend a church service, listen to powerful, yolk breaking sermons, only to leave out at the end of that service the same angry, hurt, or hateful people they were when they entered the church. If we have our own relationship with God, we can experience a peacefulness and joy that cannot be moved by any circumstances. Any supporting information received reinforces what has already penetrated our hearts. Now to some this may sound like a lot of work, but in learning there has to be a conscious effort on our part. God loves us so much that he gives us his grace when we don’t deserve it. Why not embrace the full goodness of him? What a difference there would be in our world if we would only seek him and put in the effort and attention that we put in to things that we receive no good return on. God has guaranteed us great returns and he has a 100% success rate! Of all the gambles we take in life for the pursuit of happiness this is the one we should bet it all on!
How do I make time to seek God when my life is so busy?
Some would say this all sounds great in theory but I have obligations that require my time and commitment. These are obstacles that we all face. At the end of the day it is the same as health and fitness. You have to want this! God has given us free will and this is a relationship that we have to want for exclusively for ourselves. The opportunity definitely outweighs the costs here, but the reality is that there is a cost. We have to be honest with ourselves and where we are. We have to truly evaluate how much of our busy time is really filled with things that we want to do versus the things that we have to do? I believe that if we are really truthful with ourselves we will find that we have more time on our hands to pursuit God in the way that he desires us to. When I began to devote more of my time to getting to know God he opened up my eyes and my heart with his love. I started to become full from our relationship. It was a feeling that I had never felt in my life before. It was God filling in all of the voids that I didn’t know I had. He began to replace my need to fill these voids with other things that were not good for me in the end. When I began to see these doors opening for me and realize what was happening, the effort that it took to reach out to God no longer felt like an effort. It felt like an honor! I began to look forward to quiet time with my father. In fact, I now crave it every day! When I was starting out in my career I had a Manager that wanted to be my mentor. She wanted to train me to handle the department and its situations when she was not available. In order for her to trust me and have confidence that I could do this I had to learn to think as she thought. As time went on I began to handle situations in the department as I knew she would want me to. The purpose of this wasn’t for me to act like her or even try to replace her, but it was about me knowing what she expected of me and the reasoning behind the policies of the department that gave me the insight on how to address situations that occurred day to day. God wants us in sync with his will in the same way. Although we could never understand his reasoning on our own because the human mind cannot comprehend the things of God, 1st Corinthians gives us this:
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? “But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 (NIV)
Our father wants us to have confidence and faith in his perfect love for us. As we pray for direction and understanding, the joy that we receive from knowing our father gives us a sense that regardless of the trouble everything will work out according to God’s will. We can rest assure that God has his best reserved for his children. He consistently shows his love and will never leave us. As we work on building our relationships with our father and each other it is the power of his love that overtakes us and leads us down the path to our destiny.
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