By Kendra Clarke
In order for you to discover God’s Will for your life, it is important that you develop an intimate relationship with Him. Chronicles 16:11 says to, “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually”! As with any close personal relationship, it works most effectively if both parties put in the time to get to know one another. In Philippians 1:9, it was Paul’s prayer that your love for God might grow as you grow in your knowledge of Him. God already knows everything there is to know about you, so the oneness is on you to do your part. As your relationship strengthens, you will feel a certain level of comfort with Him, as His character, which is revealed to you in His Word, is reaffirmed. As a result, your spirit will become more attuned to God’s voice and you will feel a heightened awareness of His Spirit. You will be able to hear and recognize His voice above all other voices, as He speaks in an audible that only your spirit can hear. “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
Time Spent in God’s Word
You can often get so bogged down with the busyness of life, that the quality time spent in God’s Word is minuscule, compared to your other scheduled activities. He ends up getting what’s left of your time (the crumbs), rather than your very best. You tend to make time for that which is most important to you. Saying “I love you” isn’t enough because remember actions speak louder than words. “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Just as a newly dating couple desires to see each other all the time to learn each other’s likes and dislikes and to gauge each other’s integrity and faithfulness, etc., so too must you set out to know your Father. Unlike the uncertainty experienced in the early stages of a relationship where it is expected that everyone will be on their best behavior, only divulging that which they want to be known or seen; God is an open Book..literally. His character and who He is, is not a secret as everything you want to know can be found in His Word. If you seek Him faithfully, you will find the answers. 1 Chronicles 28:9 tells you that, “If you seek Him, He will be found by you”. Furthermore, God loves those who love Him, and those who seek Him diligently find Him” (Proverbs 8:17).
It’s Not About You
Innately, I am a planner. I like to know what is going to happen before it happens, so that I can prepare and plan some more. Of course we know, that life doesn’t always work out like that huh. Like everyone else, after high school I had my 5-year and 10-year plan but God had other plans. As I reflect on my life, most of what I had planned hasn’t happened. Even still, I am at peace and I am so thankful and blessed that along my unique path, God loved me enough to take the wheel and to steer me from certain danger into safety. Where would I be today if not for God’s grace and mercy? Where would you be today? Understand that it is not about you. Consider that Jesus Christ lived His life knowing early on what His purpose was. He understood that His life was not His own and that He lived and was to die to fulfill God’s purpose and Will for His life and not His own plan. It wasn’t about His comfort, what He wanted, His desires, His feelings, His plans for His future, etc. He was only about His Father’s business and in the end His Father rewarded Him with the keys to the kingdom. Hebrews 11:6 states that, “… anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
It is difficult coming to terms with the fact that you are not in control of your own life. This may be largely because you glimpse your own smallness and your utter dependence on God. I began to ponder the realities of life in my late 20’s when I thought, “If none of us had a say in how we came into this world and none of us have a say or know the day of our death, then what makes us think that we have complete and utter control over the in-between”. Having complete and utter control over your life, is in fact a lie promulgated by the Enemy to distract you and to keep your eyes fixed on obtaining earthly things, rather than on heavenly things. While you expend all your time, and energy trying to attain material things, you find yourself having less time to seek out God for everything. Colossians 3:1-2 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Submit Your Life
If you are predestined to be conformed to Christ’s image (Romans 8:28), then you must nail your fleshly desires and wants to the cross and submit your life and your plans for the future unto God. When you realize that none of this is about you, you won’t get angry, sulk, blame or accuse God when He tells you “no” or to “wait”. You will learn to relax and trust that God has got your back. Your peace and happiness will not be dependent on anything or anybody for it is then that you will have, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding which will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Your life and your very existence should be in service to Him. James 4:7-8 “Submit yourself, then, to God…Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
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