I’ve just read this great book by Kevin DeYoung, Just Do Something, all about finding God’s will for your life.
He rightly says that we are obsessed with “the will of God” and “finding our calling”, we want to know God’ plan for our lives and we want it to be set out like Google Map instructions, step-by-step with a little diagram to make it really clear. We’re prone to looking for “God’s will” in everything – from breakfast cereal to career moves, holidays to marriage proposals.
DeYoung says this is not how it’s meant to go. Of course, God will get His own way and what He wants will happen; God does have a desire for His creation, revealed in His commands; and God does have a specific plan for our lives that in retrospect we will be able to see how He has worked it out. However, He does not burden us with having to figure out precisely what that plan is. God “is a good God who gives us brains, shows us the way of obedience, and invites us to take risks for Him”.
He says we need to “stop pleading with God to show us the future, and start living and obeying like we are confident that He holds the future”. Jesus said, in Matthew 6:24-35,
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
The big idea here is pretty obvious – Jesus doesn’t want us to worry about the future, God knows exactly what we need and will take care of it. Our job is to “seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness”.
That’s pretty much DeYoung’s message (and, as he shows, the message of scripture) – “Live for God. Obey the Sciprtures. Think of others before yourself. Be holy. Love Jesus.”
Or as Micah puts it “act justly . . . love mercy and . . . walk humbly with your God“.