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What's God's Will for Me?

Updated on November 8, 2018
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CM Miller has lived in Asia as a missionary kid since she was five. She is currently in America pursuing a degree in theatre.

What's God's Will for Me?

Put on your magic cap. I am about to project the future before your eyes.

Don’t we wish. (:

One of the biggest questions Christians ask today is “What’s God’s will for me?” Is it even possible to fully know God’s will?

I still ask myself that question. But I see it this way: when you know someone well, you become familiar with their interests and preferences. Rom. 12:2 talks about having our mind renewed in order to know what God’s will is. Sometimes it doesn’t take a lightning bolt or letters across the sky to know what God’s will would be in a particular situation. The more time you spend with God and get to know Him through His Word (the Bible), you become more familiar with the kinds of things that He desires for His people, and that in turn causes you to be more sensitive to His voice when He wants you to move in a certain direction.

The important thing is to make God the center of all your dreams and desires so that whatever you do is causing His kingdom and purposes to be expanded on the earth

Get it Right

When I was fourteen, part of my high school requirements included taking up a foreign language. My mom (my teacher — I was homeschooled) gave me a few possibilities which included Spanish, Visayan (the dialect where we live), and Chinese. Being a person of razor-sharp focus on what catches my passion, I didn’t want to just take up something that I would never end up using. So I prayed about it.

At the time, we had some Japanese people staying at our house for a short-term missions trip. When I felt an interest in the Japanese language, I thought maybe I would try it for a while and see if I would actually stick with it when the visitors left. Turns out, I’ve been continuing to learn in the six years since then and I’m hoping to go to Japan as a missionary after I graduate college. I’ve also made several trips to Japan over the years, including a month long stay away from my family to serve at a church in Miyazaki.

So often, people think the will of God is something restricting that keeps you from fulfilling your dreams. What I’ve found, though, is that as I allow my mind to be filled with things that honor Jesus (being careful what I let into my mind through books, movies, music, etc.) and the more time I spend with Him, the more I become aware of the gifts and dreams that He’s placed inside me. The Bible says to delight in the Lord and He’ll give you your heart’s desires (Psalm 37:4). Winning awards for stories and getting first place in a 21k (both things I’ve done) can be as much of an act of worship as spending “quiet time” with God at home. The important thing is to make God the center of all your dreams and desires so that whatever you do is causing His kingdom and purposes to be expanded on the earth (spiritual health may be more important than physical health — but that doesn’t mean that physical health isn’t important if you’re being a good steward of what God has given you :).

Is it possible to always get it right when it comes to knowing God’s will? I don’t know. I thought an opportunity for missions work would come through going to college and taking up an English major to become an English teacher. Turns out, I’m taking up a B.A. in Theatre. Go figure. I’m still trying to decide what my life as a missionary in Japan will look like. But I think as long as Jesus is the center of it all, you don’t have to worry about going off track. Sometimes we underestimate as Christians how much we can actually hear from God.

So, stay sensitive. Bottom line, keep your eyes focused on Jesus and don’t do anything that goes opposite with what He says in His Word. Keep seeking, keep trusting. And just like a person reveals their secrets only to a trusted friend, you’ll learn to hear the voice of God and act in situations you’re not sure about (Psalm 25:14)….even if you don’t have a 3D detailed vision from Heaven.

© 2018 CM Miller


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    • ChristianWritings profile image

      Christian Writings 

      19 months ago

      I loved this article, its something we all struggle with - knowing our true God-driven purpose. You're right, some people expect it to be some kind of lightning-bolt type moment - but ts not. Its gradual. The deeper we get into scripture, the clearer the vision becomes. And you are absolutely right about guarding our minds (by what we watch, read etc) while we go through the journey called life, for if we didn't - we'd create stumbling blocks. All we can do is draw nearer to God, obey His commands as we live, and He will guide us. :)

      And to @Litza remember this:

      Romans 8:31-39

      Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

      31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

      35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

      38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    • justawriter113 profile imageAUTHOR

      CM Miller 

      19 months ago from Virginia Beach

      Thank you that's so sweet (:

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      Ate Marz 

      19 months ago

      Ciera I have been enjoying Jesus in everything I do.:). When I feel down he always lift me up and kind words from Jed:). I find out our life is always filled with him:). There is no such "on" and "off". He is always here. Thanks for writing this:). You are a blessing and I am so proud of you!

    • justawriter113 profile imageAUTHOR

      CM Miller 

      19 months ago from Virginia Beach

      Thanks for the kind words! I have to confess that sometimes I've struggled in the with knowing whether or not God loves me. Then I've found verses like John 3:16 and I realize day by day that while I might not understand everything that happens in life God loves all of His children and each of us has amazing worth to Him! He didn't have to die for us on the cross, and yet He went through all that pain for us because we are worth that much to Him. And certainly, if anyone had reason to believe that God might not love him because of the things he had gone through, it was Paul who endured so much persecution and misfortune! And yet, Paul wrote a whole section about God's love in Eph. 3:14-21 because he still understood that God loved him no matter what happened. God's love is an incredible mystery and I'm sure neither you or I will come to the end of it! Anyways, I'm so glad you were encouraged! (:

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      Litza M Beers 

      19 months ago from 917 Highland Avenue, Beaver Falls PA 15010

      Actually, I am so grateful to see "What God's will for me?". I have been asking those questions for a while, also because of my health deterioration, I think God's is punished me, I did a lot wrong in my twenties. I was literally dead. Until my first child removed the black veils of my eyes. Then, He blessed me with a beautiful daughter. To me, it was his way to say "I forgave you". Then 2003 my health took a dive, I am deaf, then the Doctors found the cochlear. Sadly, my mom found out she has Leukemia, between school, hope to be able to work, and at the same time I was flying back and from Brasil to be with my mom. One day she asked what expecting from life, I told her whatever God's will is for me. My mom passed away. A few months later I lost my left eyesight. I was a driven person, nothing scares me. Because I believe in God, no matter what happened to me. However, deeply in my mind a fear God doesn't love me. But I am bidden my life in God's will. Thank you, for writing about this subject. Amem

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      19 months ago

      A blessing!


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