Have you ever prayed, “God, what is Your will for me?” or “What do You want me to do in life?”
Isn’t it ironic that we ask God to show us what He wants for our lives but the focus is always on ourselves? Our questions are designed to benefit us and focus on what we should be doing, rather than on what God wants to do in us. So what should we do in situations like this? How do we accomplish God’s will while we live on this earth?
My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working… I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. | John 5:17; 19
Our Lord Jesus Christ is our greatest model! He perfectly accomplished the Father’s will in His life. His focus was on God Himself and not on His circumstances.
God was working among His people prior to Jesus the Incarnate. He continued working while Jesus was on earth. And He ultimately set the path for Jesus the Son to join in on the work that He was already doing.
You see, God is always at work around us.
Our job as His children is to see
where He is at work and join Him.
We don’t need to reinvent the wheel! He’s already got the plan – all we need to do is partner with Him! We are His servants and He wants to work through us!
If you look at the life of Noah or even the life of Paul, God’s plans for them were specific. While they may not have made sense in the moment, His plans were much bigger than they could have imagined. The obedience of these individuals (and many more) impacted the lives of countless others and changed the world.
As children of God, we have to set the right expectations. We have to trust that God will lead us one step at a time. He does not always reveal His entire plan for us, and that’s okay because it draws us closer to Him. It leads us to depend on Him for the next step. The beauty in all of this:
though God may not reveal His entire plan to you, He will undoubtedly guide you each step of the way.
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. | Hebrews 13:20-21
Our framework should focus on asking the right questions and having the right expectations. Spend time in prayer and find out how God is working around you. Look to see what He is already doing, and ask how you can join Him in His work.