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God Has Plans For You – Right Where You Are

woman with straw bag walking with purpose

Have you ever wanted to do more for God’s Kingdom, but in your current situation it seemed like that was just not possible? Ever felt like you are just stagnating while you wait for the current season of your life to be over? Have you always heard that God has plans for you, but you’re starting to feel like others are fulfilling their calling and you’ve been left behind?

God Has A Specific Plan For Your Life

God really does have a plan for your life, and everyone’s life. No question about it. And, you don’t just have to sit around waiting for your kids to grow up, until you have enough money, or you find just the right ministry to get involved with. 

Yes, God does have plans for you, but maybe you haven’t noticed because it’s just…well…so obvious. Maybe His plan is right under your nose, and you’ve been looking far and wide, but not that close. 

Have you ever tried to see something more clearly, but you ended up seeing a blur because you were just too close, or you blew up the picture too big? Sometimes when we are trying to discern what God wants to do with us, it’s like that – we are so close that it’s hard to see what God’s purpose for us in the here and now really is. 

Eric Liddell quote

God certainly may call you into the mission field in a foreign country.  Or He may want you to minister to a close family member you have contact with every day. Your opportunity may be tomorrow or it may not be until next year. But until you’ve received that call, there’s no sense waiting around doing nothing.

The vast majority of us have neighbors and friends all around us, churches with ministries that need volunteers, and lonely people who need company. Many of us have loved ones who are in need of the gospel.

Close family members are often the hardest people to reach with the Good News of the gospel. But they can’t help noticing when they see it lived out through our own actions and attitudes. 

Look around, close by, and you may spot at least a few needs that God would have you fill in the day-to-day lives of those around you. Just making ourselves available is often an open door to great opportunities for ministering to someone who needs you. 

When the time is right, and God has something different for you to do, He will reveal it to you. Once again, quite possibly right under your nose…

Following God’s Plan For Your Life

You see, we often consider the ordinary to be boring, or not important to God in terms of ministry work. But remember how He watches over the birds and the outcasts? He provides for them in natural ways, ways that are not awkward or uncomfortable.  And it just might be that He has put you right here, in this time period, for His divine purpose. 

How do you know the specific purpose God has for you right now? Psst… He will show you, and maybe he already has. God doesn’t always give us fancy, obvious, or complicated things to do for the Kingdom.

We may be looking for a grand assignment and miss the woman in our church who needs a mentor or encouragement or help with her kiddos.  Maybe we should just pray with our whole hearts, asking Him what He wants us to do, and then open our eyes and get busy with what He has put right before us. 

Sometimes God opens doors, and sometimes He closes them. God’s voice is usually quieter than the world around us, so we can’t go by what the world says when we are making decisions about God’s will or about our calling. 

 
We often think God’s will is hard to find. However, we can know His will by reading His Word  – it’s all through the Bible what God’s will is. By reading and studying the Bible we can know for sure that we are to be doing the Lord’s work.

I love the description of how George Mueller discerned God’s will. George was an amazing man who depended 100 percent on God to care for thousands of orphans that passed through his children’s homes. He wasn’t afraid of hard work, and as he worked, he constantly sought out the purpose of the Lord. George had a six-step method for knowing God’s will, which I find fascinating and very helpful.  

When you are regularly spending time in relationship and prayer with God, He will let you know more about the mystery of His will and the plans He has for you. When you are close to Him, His will may be shown to you in the desires of your heart, in your inmost being.

One of the first Bible studies I ever did was Experiencing God, by Henry and Richard Blackaby and Claude King, and I still remember that in it, the authors say that there is no correct formula for hearing from God.

But when the people of God observe where He is working, and join Him there, they find that they get their own understanding of where He wants them to be working. 

Being faithful in what we see to do right under our noses is a great first step, and, because God is always at work, what He has placed in front of us will be just the right preparation for the next thing He presents for us to do. And the next, and so on.

Harriet Tubman quote

Living a simple life, trusting the plans of the Lord for your life, and holding on loosely to our own plans make it all the easier to change gears so that when we see where He is moving, we can be ready to join Him there. 

The human race has a way of complicating even the simplest of concepts. People will always be more important than lists, tasks, or processes. But sometimes doing a task for someone is what the heart needs in order to grow softer.

Hebrews 13:1-2 tells us to “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” 

This concept is further simplified here: “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.” Romans 15:2. It’s the people who are important here, not the presentation!

We have a way of holding onto lots of complicating factors when just getting started is the real point. Most of the time I have found that I need to embrace the life I currently have rather than wishing my current season away.

The reason I must embrace where I am at any given moment is because it is the will of God and I know He has a perfect plan for me. 

This is a lesson I am learning right along with you now since I’m having a bit of a struggle with something very similar, and reading my own words is moving me toward faith and action. 

I can easily become much more concerned with what people might think of a gift or deed of kindness than with just doing it. I fret over the presentation, wanting my words and actions to flow and not be awkward.  But, let’s face it – sometimes we just need to be willing to be a little awkward, because God is the giver of good gifts, and He often does His work through us. 

Kirk Cameron quote

God Has Plans For You Bible Verses

Psalm 138:8 (ESV)

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. 

 Knowing God’s love is the key to submitting to His purpose for us. He will never forsake those who are fully surrendered to the things God has for them, both in this life on earth and in eternity. 

Philippians 1:6 

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 

When we believe and give our hearts to Him, He has begun a good work in us. And it is God who is fully able to bring that good work to completion in the end.

Psalm 57:2

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. 

The very best way to have fulfillment is to be right where The Lord wants us to be. 

1 Peter 4:19

Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. 

Being in the very center of God’s will does not mean we will be free of suffering. But it does mean we will trust Him all the while doing the right thing – doing good. 

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 

Many have misused this verse to mean that God works all things out for the good of everyone. Notice, it really says He works out everything for those who are called according to His purpose. His purpose is the best and safest place to be. 

Psalm 71:17-18

O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. 

When we allow ourselves to be taught by God, the lessons He teaches us will be cherished and passed on to future generations. 

Proverbs 16:9

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. 

We must hold our own plans loosely and keep a tight hold on the Lord. 

God’s Plan Is God’s Work

Being in God’s plan for us is not a work of our own strength or our own purpose. It is His work entirely. Our job is to submit to Him, giving Him complete control of our lives, both in times of spiritual blessing and in the hard seasons. 

If you are to be a servant of God, there will still be surprises and disappointments in life. You will still make bad decisions, and have difficult situations. But having that personal relationship and living in the counsel of His will is the best part of giving God control of your life. 

You may live in obscurity or fame, but neither of these is the goal. The ultimate goal is to be right where God wants you to be – living in the purpose of His will. In this place, you will be rich in much more than money or fame. You will be rich in God’s presence, spiritual blessing, and in His peace. When you have these things there is nothing else you will ever need. 

George MacDonald quote

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