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God’s plans for you

How to work out what God wants you to do with your life

Which way... where? “AAARRRGGHHH!!!”

It’s a feeling we’ve all had. I’m sure you can relate. You just want to wake up one morning and find a note from God pushed under your door. Something like this:

Dear You,

How are you today? Just a quick note to let you know that I love you, and here is my plan for your future:

  1. You are going to meet [insert name here] who will be your soulmate for life. 
  2. You’re completely awesome at [insert career here], so I’ve organised for you to get into [insert university name here], and then:
  3. I will get you a job at [insert ridiculously well-paying but low-demand job here].
  4. You’ll even get to [travel the world/inherit a harbourfront mansion/become ridiculously famous/replace Steve Jobs’ at Apple].

Hope you like that.



Life choices can be a bit of a mystery

We know there are things that are right and wrong, like “it’s wrong to steal” or “it’s wrong to lie”. If we want to live as followers of Jesus, there’s a certain way He wants us to live. Stealing or lying aren’t a part of that, for example.
But there are other areas of our life that don’t seem to fit into a right/wrong category. We face all sorts of questions like:

  • What sort of job should I get?
  • How do I pick my friends?
  • What direction should I take with my life?

There’s nothing in the Bible that says, “All followers of Jesus should be farmers,” for example (which is a good thing, because I’m not really all that good at milking cows!).

That’s where wisdom comes in.
Wisdom is a skill that God gives us for operating in His world. It helps us to know how to deal with those areas of life that aren’t black and white or right/wrong. Being wise is an important first step to making that career choice, or being a good friend, or working well with others. It isn’t a note pushed under the door from God, but it’s a skill we can learn to help us make good choices with our lives. Choices that take us closer to God, or choices that lead us away from Him. What choices are you going to make?
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
 but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (Proverbs 1:7)

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