Finding Where God Wants Us to Be

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

None of knows the future, because the secret things belong to the Lord, and the things revealed belong to us (Deuteronomy 29:29). Knowing the will of God does not need to be an unexplainable mystery. For example, we know what God has revealed to us in His Word. The first step in knowing what’s ahead is to master what can be known. Here are some things God has surely revealed:

1. We need to pray.
Jesus said we ought always to pray and not to lose heart (Luke 18:1). We should not take some course of action without first asking God for His will (James 4:13-15). When we do otherwise, we presume upon the future. Let your requests be known to God and His peace will guard you (Philippians 4:6-7).

2. We need to read God’s Word.
Many stumble here. Why should God reveal His will to us if we have neglected His Word? For example, we know God’s will for us is to grow in holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:3). We need to cooperate with God in His efforts to make us like His Son. The Bible provides us with all we need to live for Him (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:3); therefore we should grow in grace by reading the Word (2 Peter 3:18).

3. We need to make good use of our time now.
We should not stand around idle waiting for further directions. God guides a moving ship. God wants us to bear fruit right now, though He could also be preparing us for further work down the road. We can be a blessing to others today, and make a difference. Big league scouts do not patrol a downtown metropolis looking for the next pitching sensation. Instead they scour the farm leagues, visiting game upon game, looking for the one getting the job done now. Similarly, if we hope to be used of God in a bigger way in the future, we need to make good use of our time now.

We need to place ourselves in the path of God’s blessing. What does God bless? What kind of life does God see fit to bless? That’s what and where we need to be. Planting corn in Antarctica will not yield a harvest. We need to place ourselves in places God can bless. Are we walking in the light and obeying God?

Maybe we need to revise our goals. We think we know what we want, but does that square with what God desires for us? God’s Word tells us where He will bless us. He blesses those who follow Him, trust in Him, and who do not participate in the evil works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).

For a good summary of the kind of life God blesses, read Psalm 1.

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