Have you ever wanted to step into a time machine, just to get a glimpse of what your life would look like in 10 years? Or maybe even get into a time machine and go back in time to change mistakes you’ve made? I know it sounds silly, but I know you think about this!! A big fear of mine is fear of the unknown. I do not like getting into situations without knowing what the outcome will be. When I drive, I cannot have the passenger direct me on where to go. I must have my Google map talk to me and display the map at the same time – I have to know exactly where I’m going! I hate to admit it, but I have to be in control of what is happening all the time.
I struggle with not knowing what my future holds. I have a hard time not knowing where I will be with my career in 5 years, or where I’ll be living at that time, or even when I will get married and have my perfect family (or maybe it’s my parents who worry about this a little more than I do). I often catch myself thinking or saying, “If only God would show me what His will is, then I can live for Him/be a better person.” I’m often buried under questions like: What is God’s will for me? What should I do to find out His will in my life? What will happen if I never know His will in my life?
Let’s stop and really think about this. What is God’s will for us? Is it to live peaceful, successful lives on this Earth? Is it for us to have the perfect job and spouse? Is it to live each day thinking about how to make more money or be more successful? No, His will is for us to live for Him! I’m not saying those things are wrong or that being successful is a bad thing; in fact, I think it’s a great thing. What I think the issue is, is that we get so caught up in this kind of lifestyle and forget what our real purpose is on this Earth. God’s purpose for us on this earth is to live solely for Him, bringing Him all the glory. To serve Him in everything we do and to give our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Scripture makes it clear that God is a Sovereign God and wills for us to worship Him. From beginning to end we see God yearning for His people to recognize Him as the true King and to give Him all honor and glory.
“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.” ~Psalms 29:2
“Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!” ~ Psalms 99:5
“And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,” ~ Revelation 5:9
Recently, I had the chance to have a conversation with a friend who put things into perspective for me. He told me that I am wasting my time trying to figure out what God’s specific will is for my future – His will is for me to serve Him and spread the gospel to the world. That blew my mind. I literally felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders! Growing up in the church, I obviously knew that this was something that Christ had commanded me to do, but his comment stopped me in my tracks. All I should be worrying about is how can I give my self fully to God? Once I do that, everything will fall into place according to HIS will, not mine! God is not hiding His plans from us. He is not sending us on this endless hunt to find out what His will is for us. Instead, He clearly states, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Funny how this was the last command He gave to the disciples before leaving this Earth. It’s obviously something very important! This Great Commission is what we should base our lives around. We are not basing our lives around what the world calls us to do, but on what Christ calls us to do. He calls us to go and preach!
God wants us to draw near to Him and spend time in His presence. The more time we spend with Him, the more we will begin to understand Him and His purpose for us on this Earth. His will is for us to experience Him and to know Him. As we walk daily with Him in obedience, He will guide us and lead us to make the right decisions for our own lives. Take it from me; don’t get so caught up in worrying about what your future will look like because you want to have control over everything. It only adds more stress in your life. We are not called to be in control, instead, we are called to surrender our lives to Jesus Christ and give Him all the control. Submit your fears and worries to Him and walk according to His truths.
Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
There is a reason why God doesn’t allow us to step into a time machine to see the future: if we knew the future we would do what we think is right to accomplish His will. Instead, He wants us to accomplish His will by depending on Him. We are nothing on our own, but everything through Him and because of Him. Let Him work out everything according to His plan. In surrendering our lives to Him, He will be able to use us to bring others to His name! That is His true will for us!