What Do we Do When We Don’t Know God’s Plan For Our Life?

Times are tough in America today.  Many are without work.  Others are living in houses that they can’t afford.  Maybe as a result of your lack of work you are facing foreclosure.  How many times have you wondered, “What does God have in mind for me?”

Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation that doesn’t meet our approval.  As Christians we can survive because we know God is in control.  Wouldn’t it be great if we knew what God had in mind for our lives everyday?

After we have passed through uncertain times it is easy to look back and say, “So that is what God had in mind!”  Hindsight is always twenty/twenty.  The hard part is living life when we don’t know what tomorrow holds.  How do we remain content when we don’t know the future?  Let me share the story of a man who not only did not know what God had in mind but didn’t know God.

In 2 Kings 5:1-14 we have the story of Naaman.  This man was a valiant warrior.  He was commander of king Aram’s army and was highly regarded.  Even though Naaman did not know God, he had been blessed by God.  One might have thought from this world’s standards that Naaman’s life was as good as it gets.  Unfortunately all was not well.  Naaman had leprosy.  In his day this was a certain death sentence.  Naaman didn’t know what his future held.  Even worse he didn’t know God. 

Naaman’s wife had a servant girl from Israel who knew God.  She told  her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria!  He would cure him of his leprosy.”  From the mouth of a mere servant girl Naaman got his answer.  Naaman was given hope from a certain sentence of death. 

Elisha the man of God sent for Naaman.  He was given a message from the man of God.  The message Naaman was given was hardly what he expected.  As a result we see pride and anger stand in his way.  If only He had known and trusted God.  Naaman was given a chance at life but refused to do what he  had been told to do.  It was only after this great warrior humbled himself before God that he found God’s healing hand.

This is a great story but how does it apply to us?  What  Naaman was told wasn’t what he had expected.  Still, he had an answer.  Today, how do we know what God wants from us?  How do we know God’s will for our lives? Let me share a few ideas for you to consider:

  • God tells us the basics.  Spend time in Scripture.  God’s word gives us the proper direction for our lives.  He tells us how to recieve forgiveness of sin and reconciliation to Him.
  • Ask God for the answer.  Prayer is a powerful tool in the life of a righteous man.  Ask God for the answer.  A good salesman always asks for the sale.  A righteous man ought always ask the master for direction.
  • Never forget to listen.  It isn’t enough to ask we must also be willing to listen.  Allow God to prompt you.  God will give us the answer if we seek His guidance.  Don’t  forget to listen.
  • Trust God.  When God gives you direction allow your heart to trust Him.  Naaman had his answer but because it wasn’t what he expected he almost missed the blessing.  Trust God’s direction.
  • Let God use you.  We are His workmanship.  Before the world was created God had already determined great things He could accomplish through us.  It is up to us to allow God’s purpose to be worked in our lives.
  • Don’t forget to consider how God has used us in the past.  There are times when we need to look at the things God has done through us.  By acknowledging what God has done in the past our faith is strengthened concerning what He will do through us in the future.
  • Just do what you know to do.  God will provide the direction if we will have faith in Him.  God will work through those who are willing to allow Him to use them.  Just do what you know to do.  God will provide the direction.

What does God hold in your future and mine?  He used us yesterday.  He used us today and He will continue to use us tomorrow if we trust Him.  We may not know God’s plan for our lives but all will be fine if we just do what we know to do.  God remains in control of all things.  Trust God always.

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2 Responses to What Do we Do When We Don’t Know God’s Plan For Our Life?

  1. Royce says:

    Excellent advice!

    I listened to a message Matt Chandler preached to seminary students at the Baptist school in New Orleans and he made the point that many people want to stop the mouths of lions but not many are lining up to be sawed into. Hebrews 11 shows us that contrary to popular teaching, we can be right in the middle of the darkest time of our lives and still be in God’s will and considered by him to be people of faith.

    I appreciate you brother. Keep walking with God, the road leads to somewhere and that somewhere and all along the way is where God is.

    Royce

  2. Thanks Royce!

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