God has a plan. I believe we have to get a clear picture of that plan to find fulfillment, purpose and to have vision and direction in life… maybe even to find hope for some.
There are some signs that we have lost our way, or may never have found it in the first place. I am reminded of what my friend Matt Donofrio recently told me when he found God in his life. ” I stopped striving to reach my potential, and started walking in my purpose.”
When this happens, we are candidates for walking in that plan. There is a scripture in the book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament that is quoted often to encourage us in this area. While this was addressing a particular people in a particular time in history, the nature and character of God are certainly portrayed in it.
Jeremiah 29 11-14 The Message
“…I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.
13-14 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.
Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”
I’ll turn things around for you…You can count on it.”
So we see that when we get serious about finding Him that He can reveal Himself to us and thus direct us more readily in life. Not really that mysterious. But some things may get in the way:
Blatantly and habitually doing things against His way.
Being self centered and self preserving, not serving others
Not facing the pain of your past thus finding healing
Running from responsibility
Relying on drugs, alcohol, sex, money, etc. to fulfill you.
Being stubborn and rebellious
Unhealthy religious background. (Big one)
Then, obviously to counter these negatives, do the opposite.
Set out to:
Ask God to help you
Ask God to show you.
Discover what makes you passionate, what makes you pound you fist on the desk
Talk to people who are spiritual mature, (counselor, pastor, mentor)
Work on you… deal with past pain, resentments, unforgiveness, judgements.
Stop doing things just to do them
Ask yourself if what you are doing will get you where you want or need to go
Get help from the right people
John 14:13,14 Says that if we ask him anything in His name, according to His will, He will give it to us.