What If God’s Will Isn’t As Complicated As We Make It Out To Be?

What’s my purpose? What is God’s will for my life? And how do I know if I’m currently on the right path? These are all questions we’ve once asked ourselves, and I believe the topic of God’s will to be one of the most discussed topics among evangelical Christians as it pertains one’s spiritual journey.

What if God’s will isn’t as complicated as we make it out to be? What if there isn’t a right or wrong school to go to, or job to take, or person to marry? What if we’re making more of a mess by asking questions than we are finding clarity? What if we’re making this whole thing a lot harder to understand that it’s supposed to be?

While trying to discover my own purpose in this world, I asked myself a lot of the same questions noted above. I guess just like everyone else, I wanted to make sure I was making the right decisions, staying true to God’s plan for my life, and weighing out all my options to make sure I was choosing the correct path in life. I wasn’t asking so many questions because I was unsure of God’s will, but instead, because I wanted to make sure the decisions I was making had me in the center of his will.

I wonder how many of us are spending so much time worrying about making the right decisions in life that it’s actually interfering with our relationship with God. Could we be stressing so much about God’s perfect will for our lives that we’re actually missing out on the bigger picture? I believe so…

“The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.” ―Elisabeth Elliot

I understand that God has a specific plan and purpose for each of us in this life, but I’ve always wondered how truly specific that plan really is. Is there any wiggle-room? Is there space to breathe? While some people hear audible callings upon their life, which I believe are in fact from God, what about those who haven’t heard exactly which road to take? I understand that the Bible states only one road leads to salvation, but what about our day-to-day lives? What about those people who have sought to be led by The Spirit of God but are at a crossroads in life, one where both roads lead to something good and righteous? What then?

God’s Will Is Like Ice-cream

When discussing God’s will and our purpose here on earth as Christians, one passage of the Bible that has always stood out to me is 1 Corinthians 10:31 which says, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” To me, this passage is the essence of God’s will for each of our lives. That no matter what we end up doing in life, just do it for the glory of God until God gives you clear and audible guidance.

If you sing, do it for the glory of God. If you’re a stay at home parent, do it for the glory of God. If you’re a writer, do it for the glory of God. If you feel called to be a teacher, do it for the glory of God. If you work at a restaurant, then do it for the glory of God. No matter what season of life you’re currently in, just do it all for the glory of God. That’s God’s will for you. Because when you glorify Him, you align yourself with that of Christ.

I believe God’s will to be similar to that of Ice-cream; He doesn’t care what flavor you choose, just as long as it’s ice-cream. So instead of stressing whether or not you’re making the right decisions, ask yourself whether or not your decisions are glorifying God. If they aren’t, then I don’t believe them to be part of God’s will. But if they are, then you may just be right where God wants you to be.

God’s will for your life is simple; glorify him in all that you do.

—Jarrid Wilson


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Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

49 comments on “What If God’s Will Isn’t As Complicated As We Make It Out To Be?”

  1. Thanks bro Jarrid. I’m blessed and thankful to you for mailing me n encouraging each one of us n all these which u send us for free. I do wish to get a copy of your book Jesus Swagger… But I’m in India here. 😊 📚

  2. This post hits home for me. Being a freshman in college, God’s will is absolutely the number one topic I find myself pondering. Recently, God has been revealing this very thing to me… I was making it all harder than it needed to be. Love your website, and how you use your talents to glorify Him! Thanks.

  3. Sir, how about our calling? Is this the same with His will of us glorifying Him in everything we do. So does this mean that we can choose any kind of life we have for ourselves as long as it is in line with God’s word? What about God’s specific plan for each of us while we are here on earth? I thought though we may have plans for ourselves, God’s plan shall prevail? I believe God’s sovereignty is far beyond this.

    1. So long as everything you’re doing is in line with God’s Word, don’t you think that he’ll open and close doors according to His specific purpose? I think that all the author is saying is that we’re putting too much stress on figuring out every detail of God’s plan for our lives and truly just overcomplicating things instead of simply giving Him the glory and trusting that He will do His thing in our lives. If we made our sole purpose to glorify God in everything we do, no matter how petty or seemingly insignificant, and I mean REALLY glorify God, can you imagine how life would change?Not just your own life, we’re talking generations. Imagine the ripple effect. If you’re constantly glorifying God, you’re going to be more in tune to Him, His Word, your own actions, and what His calling is for your life.

    2. God’s Will is a very huge factor in each individual person. Whatever the season you are in, you are called to be there. Yes, we have are own plans in life which is good, there’s nothing wrong with that meaning you have a sense of direction. Question is, does all of your plans in life succeed? I doubt not all of them are, and sometimes you may experience that you will be placed in a uncomfortable situation which is beyond your control. So you are going to ask God, really is this God’s Will? Does being a follower of Christ really to hard enough?

      In this case, you may refer to 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.”

      Let me chop into pieaces. Focus on the part “all things work together for good.” It is easy to follow or obey God when you experience good things lets say you’re doing a good job in your work and you’ve been promoted with salary increase, maybe your business is growing, maybe marriage is doing okay etc. But what if lets say, one time you got laid off from work, business went bankcrupt, marriage is about to fall, my son or daughter isn’t acting to the ways of the Lord etc. Life is hard and hit to the floor when you experience that but God allows it according to His purpose because it says “all things work together for the good.” God allows you to experience not because He wants to make suffer but rather saying He wants you to be dependent of Him. If all of our own plans always succeeds, then there is no point in life that we need God and thats not a good thing. In a relationship, you will able to gain trust to a certain person. Same thing goes with God, the more you are intact with Him, the better we trust Him. And we have to go back to His Lordship, because we have to remember that we’re crucified in Christ.

      We have this attitude we wanted to do our own way because that is our flesh nature. And it is hard for us to if someone is doing the things that you should be doing. But do you not know is that God is the one who is driving your car of life and He wanted you to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. And the bad things you’ve experienced and once overcome because of Him, you’re faith in Him will be stretch out and it will become evident that He is God.

      There’s a lot more about God and hopefully you may get excited, filled with passion and you may become witness to share his love to other people and maybe this can help you understand the glimpse of God’s calling for us. God bless.

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