Folks are always asking, “How can I know God’s will for my life?” but they don’t always want the answer. what I mean is, when most people ask that question, they are trying to figure out the roadmap or grand scheme of the rest of their entire life. They want God or the Bible (or even me for some reason) to tell them exactly where they should go to college, what they should major in, who they will date and marry, how many kids they’ll have, what city they will live in and so on and so on. The problem is that God rarely tells people the answers to those questions.
Now, I am not saying God doesn’t care about those things and doesn’t have a will for your life as far as your future, because He does. Psalm 139 says that He knows all the days of your life. He knows exactly why He put you here and what He wants you to do, but He doesn’t usually give us a whole lot of insight into what the far future holds.
When the Bible talks about knowing God’s will for your life, it’s not about what’s coming decades down the road, but rather the next step you’ll take. Understanding God’s will for you has more to do with this moment you’re living in. It’s about the net few minutes. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Do not worry about to tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
What if you took that literally? What if you just decided that you were going to take Jesus at His word on this particular point and just refuse to worry or stress or panic about anything that is farther away than the next 12 hours? People would think you are crazy, but who cares! If Jesus says, “I’ve got your future, leave that to me. You just keep your eyes on this moment” then that’s the smartest and most sane thing to do.
No one knows what the future holds, but if you ask Him, God will make clear to you what He wants from you in this moment that’s right in front of you. The command of Jesus is always “Follow me.” and that command is always about this moment, right now.