How to Open Your Heart to God’s Plans for Your Life
Trust that God Has a Plan for You Even When You Can’t See It
by J.M. Troppello
Is it easy for you to follow God’s will for your life?
That’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately. For the most part, I can honestly say that I want to follow God’s will for my life. However, there have been times in my life when I didn’t like the direction that God wanted me to go. Yet, once I got myself into trouble, I realized that God was right all along. I was wrong. He knew what He was doing.
Why didn’t I listen to Him?
For one thing, I was following my own fleshly desires. I was too consumed with what I wanted that I couldn’t see beyond that—to properly connect with what God wanted for me.
Have you ever been there?
I’m sure you likely have been in that position before. After all, no one is perfect. Everyone is still a work in progress. The problem is that once I get myself into a mess, I then have to deal with the consequences of my actions. That’s never fun. But, that’s part of life.
However, God had been trying to protect me from going down the wrong road. He didn’t want me to have to deal with the consequences of my sinful actions. But, I did the wrong thing and so I had to suffer the consequences.
Where do you go from there?
I’m so thankful for God’s grace, peace, and strength that get me through each day. I am nothing without Him. Yet, with Him, I have everything I need. That sounds so simple, yet powerful. I pray that as I continue to grow in my spiritual walk with the Lord, that my will aligns with His will.
Of course, as I continue to grow as a Christian, my will feels less and less important in my own eyes. Have you come to that point in your Christian walk yet?
Bible Verses About Seeking God’s Will for Your Life
Some of the following verses have helped me as I’ve continued to grow in my Christian walk.
1. Pray for Those in Authority
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (I Timothy 2:1-4, NKJV)
2. Keep Praising God
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV)
3. Grow in Your Christian Walk
20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21, NKJV)
4. Trust in God’s Plans for Your Life
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:11-14, NKJV)
Trust that God has a plan for your life. He is still in control even when everything seems out of control in your eyes. Have faith that He will open each door that He wants to open for you. Focus on prayer, praise, and reading and studying the Bible—so that you can find God’s will for your life.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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