Doing God’s Will
“My primary concern should not be, ‘What should I do with my life tomorrow?’ but rather, ‘What does God want to do with me today.’” – Henry Blackaby
Have you ever been so fixated on the duties of tomorrow? Maybe you’re a planner, and your weeks are overflowing with prearranged meetings and tasks. You equate productivity with busyness, and you say yes to anything that comes your way. Yet as your week comes to a close, you feel as though you accomplished nothing. And you are drained; feeling empty and purposeless.
I’m guilty of doing this. And do you know what I’ve learned in the process? Doing without first being produces absolutely nothing every single time. As we take the time to be with God, He then invites us to take part in what HE is already doing. When you’re intentional about being with God, you can hear His voice more clearly, your mind isn’t clouded, and your focus becomes God-centered rather than self-centered. This enables you to discern the difference between God’s will and your own plans. Doing things on your own strength produces anxiety and stress. Your nourishment comes from doing the will of God (John 4:34). And as you yield to the voice of the Holy Spirit, the pressure is off.
The will of God begins with one command.
In Abram’s case, that one command was: leave. God instructed Abram to leave his country, his family, and his father’s home. And as quickly as God spoke, Abram listened. He took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot and set out on an unfamiliar journey. And as he stepped out in faith, God showed him the way.
I think we can agree that many of us would not be okay with this call. In the natural, the unknown makes us uncomfortable, and we often desire instant results with little action. But God strategically gives us one command at a time because He knows that if He were to present us with the end result that we would forsake the process. And it’s within the process that God molds us. There is no here to there without an in-between. Abram didn’t know tomorrow; he only knew what God was telling him to do in that moment. And throughout his journey, he submitted to God’s lead not knowing what would come next, but trusting Him as Lord.
So many people want God to call them, yet some of those people would miss His call because they aren’t familiar with his voice. A relationship is built intentionally. And as you foster an intentional relationship with your Creator, He begins to reveal the unimaginable; leading and guiding you through the unknown.
God’s will isn’t some secretive plan, but it’s what He’s already doing around you. Our conviction should be: I’m yours today, I want to live in the middle of your will, and help me bless one person today. God’s will goes beyond ourselves. It was never intended to be a me thing. If it was, Jesus would have never went to the cross. When God spoke to Abram, He didn’t stop at, “I will bless you and make you famous,” He ended with, “all the families of the earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1-3). Your calling will bless others. When you actively walk out the will of God, others will be touched and changed forever. And as you continue to walk in His will, your God-experiences will expand and multiply.
How to experience God daily:
1. Agree with God that you will follow Him one day at a time.
2. Agree to follow Him even when he does not spell out the details.
3. Agree that you will let Him be your way.