Do you seek God’s will before making decisions and setting goals in your life? Or do you just go out, chase those dreams, and then try to fit God into them?
Honestly, if you’re the latter, you’re not alone. A lot of us have done or continue to do this, but here’s the thing, when you try to live your life and accomplish your goals without seeking God first, you’re fighting an uphill battle. A more difficult path than what He has planned for you.
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Over the last few years, I’ve become a time management/goal conquering junkie. If there’s a podcast to watch, I’m watching it. If there’s an article or book to read, I’m devouring it.
For the first time in my life, I’m learning how to live intentionally and how to schedule my day so that I’m completely focused on my goals.
But in all that I’ve read, all that I’ve heard, one big thing has stood out to me. Something I’m ashamed to say, I hadn’t really done in the past.
Go to God first
I had never really sought God’s help first. I never asked for His guidance in setting goals that align with His purposes for me.
Up until recently, all the goals I’ve had in my life have been to serve a selfish purpose. A purpose that only benefited me.
That’s not at all how I want to live. I want to help others. I want to succeed, not according to my measurement, but His.
He already has a plan for you
He already has a plan for you, a purpose for your life.
God has put you on this earth for a reason. For a specific purpose. But he doesn’t shove it down your throat or make you go after it. He waits patiently for you to seek His will and the best way to achieve.
Why on earth would we want to fight that when His ways are so much better than ours? And yet….we do.
We are limited to our earthly perspective, but God knows the whole story. We have no idea what the next hour brings, and yet we still try to set our goals and step out without His guidance. Seems pretty crazy when we put it that way, right?
When you prepare for a big trip, what’s the first thing you do? You probably head to your computer or pull out your smartphone. You read reviews to seek advice about the best places to go from people who’ve been there. Then you find the best way to get there by pulling up your favorite map.
So something as big as setting your goals and trying to live your life intentionally seems crazy without your “research.” Without the advice from the One who knows, who can and will give you the answers and guide you in the best way to get there.
When you ask, He will answer
It’s so incredibly freeing to know that when we go to God before stepping out and ask for guidance, we can trust that He will show us the way. We just have to listen.
And boy oh boy, we’ll most likely need to have patience. (Something I am constantly having to remind myself!)
Don’t be discouraged if the answers come slowly. The delay may just be God’s way of working His will in your life. The Life Application Study Bible NLT
Although there may be times that God gives you the answers immediately, most of the time you’ll need to wait on His perfect timing.
We limit ourselves with our own goals
Another important reason for aligning your goals with God’s will is that from your earthly perspective, you can’t even begin to see the limitless possibilities of what you can achieve.
You don’t know what you don’t know, but God does. He knows you are far more capable of bigger goals than what you would set for yourself.
It may not be an easy path
When going after your goals according to God’s will, you’ll have to be willing to take a path that you wouldn’t have chosen for yourself.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:6 NLT
It may not be the easiest way, but you can be sure it’ll be the best way.
Because let’s face it, even if it’s a difficult path, His path leads us to glorious destinations, reaching the most people and serving Him – for His Glory!
Every journey, every bump in the road, every struggle makes us stronger.
The good news for every dreamer is that each stage or obstacle along our journey is intended not to block our dream, but to help us break through to the fulfillment God promises. Bruce Wilkinson, The Dream Giver
It takes practice
At first, you’re probably going to forget to go to Him. You’ll jump at something without thinking it through, without seeking Him. But as with anything else, it takes practice and He knows this.
If you jump into something without going to God first, stop yourself when you realize it and begin to pray. Slow down and wait for Him – and if the answers don’t come immediately, just wait. He may be teaching you patience, so strive to be a good student!
Over time, however, this will become natural for you. You’ll immediately turn to God before stepping out, before setting your goals. You’ll learn to be patient and know that He’ll give you the answers in His perfect timing.
When you see that God’s journey is so much more glorious compared to your self-centered goals, you won’t want to go after anything that wasn’t meant for you any longer.
You’ll want God’s hand in it, you’ll trust that His goals and purpose for you are so much bigger than anything you could’ve ever dreamed possible for yourself.
Trust in God
Putting your trust in God is a huge lesson in learning to live by faith, not by sight. When you begin to do this, you’ll soon realize that you don’t want to do anything that doesn’t have God’s hand in it.
When you make God a vital part of everything you do, he’ll guide you because you’ll be working to accomplish His purpose.
So go to Him first today. Ask Him to align your goals with His will for you. And then be ready to step out of your comfort zone and see what God has in store for you!
Thanks for joining me today, my friend! I hope you’ll go to God in prayer and seek His guidance before stepping out!
Until next time…..
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