“Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV
We know from God’s Word that He cares about the things that concern us and the decisions we face every day, both big and small. He understands what makes us tick, and He knows our needs.
Likewise, He cares about the choices we face: “For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end” (Psalm 48:14 NIV). More importantly, He desires for us to make decisions that reflect His will in our lives: “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:17 NIV). With these verses in mind, here are three quick principles for knowing God’s plan for our lives:
• God’s will is available only through the Lord Jesus Christ. While the world seeks guidance through a smorgasbord of beliefs and rituals, the Savior proclaims Himself in a clear-cut way that leaves no room for error or misinterpretation: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NIV).
• To know God’s will in your life, you must first offer your life to God. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1 NIV). We must be willing to be living sacrifices before He can use us for our reasonable service. Only then can we begin to understand His design for our lives.
• To know God’s will, your mind must be renewed supernaturally. Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV). As we consistently present ourselves to God by spending time with Him and reading His Word, He can transform and show us His plan.
God’s plan is perfect and complete. He seeks to bring each believer into His perfect will. With the Psalmist, we must pray, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground” (Psalm 143:10 NIV).