I was recently approached by my 17-year-old son, Timothy, who asked me, how he could find out God's purpose for his life. Tim expressed his desire to follow God's Will in his life in the same way his father and I have.
I explained to Tim that our Almighty Father causes us to desire to be faithful servants. Yet God has far more in store for our lives than just to do something for Him. He wants us to experience an intimate love relationship with Him that is real and personal. Our Heavenly Father created each of us for just that purpose.
A time will come when the doing is called for, but we cannot skip the relationship. The relationship with God, though His Son, Jesus, simply must comes first! God prepares us to accomplish His Will through this relationship.
There is a vast difference in knowing about God and knowing God. Knowing God does not come through a program, a study or a method. Knowing God comes through a relationship with the Person. Through this relationship, God reveals Himself, His purposes, and His ways; and He will invite us to join Him where He is already at work. As we experience our Almighty Father working though us, accomplishing something only He can do, we begin to know Him in a more intimate way.
Through this relationship we will learn to love Him more dearly, to pray more faithfully, to trust Him fully and to wait on Him with anticipation. He will not keep our purpose a secret. When He is ready to use us, He will let us know. Until then we should patiently watch, prepare and pray. Knowing His timing and His ways are always right and perfect.
We should acknowledge that anything significant that happens in our lives is a result of God's activity in our lives. We must look for Him. Identify His Presence and His Fingerprints in our everyday occurrences for this is one way He reveals Himself to us. As we begin to clearly identify His Presence we gain insight into His nature. We become filled with the faith that He concerns Himself with our daily needs and desires. We gain a better understanding of the fact that God is all-knowing and all-powerful.
The Bible is God's Word to us. The Holy Spirit honors and uses God's Word when speaking to us. The Scripture is a source of authority for faith and practice. We should spend considerable time in God's Word.
We need to take time from our busy schedules to seek Him. Find time to spend in the Presence of God - worshipping and praising Him. Call Him by name. God's name is majestic and worthy of our praise!
Acknowledging God's name equates to recognizing God for Who He is. When we truly recognize God as our Lord Almighty we will be willing to do and be anything He chooses.
When we pursue this intimate relationship with God, we will come to know Him, if we know Him, we will love with Him, if we love Him, we can believe Him, if we believe Him, we can trust Him, if we trust Him, we can obey Him, if we can obey Him, he can accomplish His Will in us. It all begins with love. God is love. And because of His love, His will for us is always best for us.
At some point God will reveal his direction to us. Often times this direction doesn't make sense from our human perspective. It may very well seem odd, wrong and even impossible. This is because God's thoughts and ways are very different from ours. We may realize that the task is far beyond our power or resources to accomplish. When we recognize that the task is humanly impossible, we need to be ready to believe God and trust Him completely.
God is omnipotent - He is all-powerful. He created the world out of nothing. He spoke it into existence. "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure . . . Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it" (Isaiah 46:10-11) We need to believe that He will enable and equip us to do everything He asks of us. Let Him be Lord Almighty! Turn to Him for power, insight, skill, knowledge and resources. He will provide us with all that is needed.
Because God is all-knowing, we never have to question the rightness of His directions - even when they don't make sense. His directions are always right. Because God is all-powerful, we do not have to doubt our ability, strength or resources to complete His assignments for us. He will enable us to accomplish all He calls us to do. God will never give us an assignment that He will not, at the same time, enable us to complete.
We may be tempted to ask God to tell us where we are headed so that we will be able to chart a course and set forth a plan of action. Our Almighty Father has already charted the course and put a plan of action into motion. We are required to call on Him daily, or even several times a day, in order to follow His direction.
He is in control - not us!
When God gives us a directive, we can count on the fact that He has already considered every factor that must be considered. Nothing is outside the knowledge of God. Nothing comes as a surprise to God.
A perfect example is Moses. For Moses and the children of Israel, God provided daily guidance through the cloud by day and the fire by night. He provided manna for daily nourishment. When God called Moses He did not give him complete details - in fact, He gave very little detail. In complete faith with total obedience Moses followed God's direction, confident that God would lead Him.
As parents we can take comfort from that and strive to emulate Moses as well as the Blessed Mother who knew God's Love and trusted in His Will though she was asked to do nigh unto the impossible. But she said 'yes' - "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to Thy Word" (Luke 1: 38).
As parents we don't have the answers to what our children will be, to what God has in store for them, but you can have great confidence that if they follow the blueprint God sets before them each day, trusting in Him totally, each evening before they go to bed they can look back on the day and see more clearly how things have evolved in their lives and ask Him again if this is what He wants of them. Day by day, sign by sign it will all manifest in His time.