Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26
God’s will can be scary, can’t it? Have you ever wondered what God would ask you to do if you decided to submit to him fully? Maybe he would send you to some jungle tribe in Africa. Maybe he would ask you to live a life of selfless poverty. Maybe he would give you some unbearable trial to keep you humble. What if God’s will is for a boring life where you don’t watch any good movies and don’t go to any good parties and can’t laugh at any truly funny jokes?
Perhaps we should consider whether or not we really want God’s will. If I’m honest I have a barrier to submitting to God’s will. Deep down I fear that his will might lead me to a life of hardship.
The big question is: can God be trusted? Is God good? What are his intentions toward me? Maybe before you ask God to guide, you need to ask him if he is good. Reconciling an answer to that question is best done by looking at the life of Jesus. The scriptures clearly teach us that Jesus is what God is like. Find out what Jesus is like and then ask yourself if you can trust him. Is he good? As I get to know Jesus more and more I am convinced that I want whatever he wants. For much of my Christian life I was secretly (sometimes subconsciously) afraid of God’s plan for me. There is no way to see his path clearly if we don’t want it. As I get to know what God is like through learning from Jesus I become more and more excited about whatever he has in mind for me. He is so good! Once you trust God fully, his will becomes more and more transparent.
Try starting in Matthew 6:25-34 and asking God to show you his heart for you. Ask him to begin to show you what he is like. Be honest about your fears with him and ask him to show you his love for you. Then and only then will you have ears to hear his plan for you.
By Aaron Bjorklund