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Where Am I Supposed To Be?

Where Am I Supposed To Be?
Knowing God's Will in an Uncertain and Ever-Changing World

Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NKJV)

I see a common concern among many Christians about whether or not they are in God's Will.  Should they move to this city, buy that house, or change to another job - wondering all the time, Lord, is this Your will for me, or not?  I personally believe that our being in the will of God is more about our character than where we live or what we do.  Don't get me wrong; God doesn't want us doing things that would cause others to stumble in their walk, but in the same token, I don't think He cares whether we choose to be a fireman or a contractor, a nurse, or doctor - there will be blessings and challenges in whatever we choose.

I believe God cares more about our heart and attitude with respect to what we do, and where we live.  For instance, are we humble in how we do our jobs, and in what we possess, or where we live?  Or do we have this pride and image thing plaguing us and keeping our eyes off of God and on this World?

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

Another question we must ask ourselves is, are we thankful for all that we have, even if it isn't much by the standards of others?  Being thankful is a key character trait of the person who has both a true joy in their heart, and an earnest desire to be in the will of God.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)

Q:    So, let's say you are seeking the Lord's will for something - when is it the right time to go forward?

I personally think going forward has got to be one of the hardest things for us to do.  We tend to want to know what lies ahead before taking the next step.  And to be totally truthful, many of us want to know every detail of the plan before we cast our lot to move on.  But that is not how God works, and it is certainly not going to strengthen our faith either.  

We can see a story in the Book of Acts that sums up how God works His plan one step at a time.   Philip was contacted by an Angel of the Lord and told, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza."   We can see that Philip was not told how far to go, nor was he told why he was going - he was simply told to go.  We can see Philip's response and also what happened next in Acts 8:27-30.

So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot." So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" Acts 8:27-30 (NKJV)

So, once Philip was obedient then God gave him the next piece of the puzzle.  And again, we can see Philip being obedient and continuing to walk in faith.  Eventually Philip could see the picture clearly and he knew what God's will was.  

It is the same with us today as it was for Philip.  We will be led one step at a time and must be faithful to walk, even when we don't know everything we feel we need to know. We must be faithful to do what we know to be right according to His Word in every situation and also be praying to God continuously. As we learn to trust God in His leading, and in the revealing of His will, we will become more obedient in simply walking in faith.  We will find that as we do this, He will continue to reveal more of His plan.  Before long, what was a dark unknown path will be made bright and clear.

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, maybe God will reveal a bigger portion of His will for you in whatever situation you may face - but more than likely, He will choose to reveal it a piece at a time.  Be faithful to keep walking, because that's when God can reveal His power and blessing in your life.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures in this devotional about God making our path clear?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you seeking God in prayer about every decision you are making?

APPLICATION: Pray continuously and ask God for a peace about the decisions you are contemplating.  If you have a peace, then take the next step.

Father, thank You for giving me the faith to believe in You.  Thank You for guiding me and directing my steps.  Help me today to make the proper decisions and to have a peace about going forward if it is Your will for me to move forward.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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