If you’re experiencing tough times, you may be asking yourself “What does God want me to do next?” Perhaps you’re pondering your future, uncertain of your plans, unsure of your next step. But even if you don’t have a clear plan for the next step of your life’s journey, you may rest assured that God does.
God has a plan for the universe, and He has a plan for you. He understands that plan as thoroughly and completely as He knows you. If you earnestly and prayerfully seek God’s will, He will make His plans known to you in His own time and in His own way.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Perhaps your vision of God’s purpose for your life has been clouded by a wish list that you have expected God to dutifully fulfill. Perhaps you have fervently hoped that God would create a world that unfolds according to your wishes, not His. If so, you probably have experienced more disappointment than satisfaction and more frustration than peace. Friends, I know this can be so frustrating! But let me assure you, He knows what He is doing!
A better strategy is to conform your will to God’s (and not to struggle vainly in an attempt to conform His will to yours). Sometimes, God’s plans and purposes may seem unmistakably clear to you. If so, push ahead. But other times, He may lead you through the wilderness before He directs you to the promised land.
So be patient and keep seeking His will for your life. When you do, you’ll be amazed at the marvelous things that an all-powerful, all-knowing God can do.
The wonderful thing about being a child of God is that when we are fully surrendered to Him, He has this amazing way of making all of our obstacles serve a larger purpose. Always remember, dear friends, that God doesn’t discipline us to crush our spirits, but rather to condition us for a life where He can use us for His ultimate purpose so that we can be a blessing to others.
“You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy.; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11