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What’s a Person to Do?

James 4:13-17

Verse 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Yesterday we talked about how frail this life is and that God has a purpose for our lives. But how can we know what that is and how can we live to fulfill His purpose?

In our time together yesterday we questioned how we could live and work for His purpose and still be doing what needs to be done to pay the bills. Anyone who has found their God given niche in life will tell us that they find such fulfillment in their work. Not that it is always easy but that there is a joy that comes with it. But there are still many of us that are just plugging along doing our jobs with no real fulfillment. This may be a sign that we have not found God’s purpose for our lives or that we are working outside of His will.

It is so easy in life to make decisions that sound good to us. Maybe we weren’t the only one who was deciding what we would do with our lives. Sometimes we try to influence our children to the lives we want them to have and they feel pressured to follow our dreams for them. Maybe our parents did that with us. We can miss out on living the life God has for us if we are looking to someone else’s will for our lives. That includes looking only to our own will for our lives.

But even if we want to know God’s will for our life, how do we learn what His will is? There are a few ways that we can find this out. Prayer needs to be a major part of this discernment process. Of course we know that He would never desire us to do something that goes against His commands. Sometimes talking with a godly friend or mentor will help us see His will. His will isn’t something that He wants to hide from us but He also wants us to seek it out so He generally doesn’t just tell us plainly what He wants us to do.

If He were to just tell us without our seeking His will, we would miss out on the growing deeper in our relationship with Him through the process. The truth of the matter is, God doesn’t just want to show us His will, He wants to reveal Himself and maybe even some of His purpose. He wants us to desire to know His will because we desire to know Him. What good does it do us to know His will if our relationship with Him is so shallow that we don’t care about following His will?

Making It Personal

Do you know God’s will for your life? Are you continuing to seek God’s will for your life? Are you seeking Him?

Making It Personal Kids

What are some things that Jesus wants you to do? Are you doing them? Do you want to know Jesus as a closer friend?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for wanting to make Yourself known to us. Please give us a hunger for closer relationship with You and a clear understanding of Your will for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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