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By: Van Walton
Proverbs 31 Team Member

Daniel 12:3, "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever." (NIV)

"If I only knew God's will for my life, I could plan my future."


Have you ever made that statement?


I think we all do some time in our lives. I know I do. This may be especially relevant for those of you getting ready to graduate and go off to college.


So what is God's plan for our lives? If you are like me, you want particulars. Only I am not sure God always gives us the step-by-step instructions we desire.


I remember a time in my life when I asked God to give me direction. I had a choice, but had to give an answer quickly. I spent the day in prayer, knowing I had to make the decision by dinnertime.


I sat down at my dining room table to pray. I explained to God what He already knew: "I have these opportunities. Do I go here or there?"


Sile
nce.


"I want to go where You lead me. Where would that be?"


Silence.


"I want to honor You."


Silence.


"Do You know that I have to give an answer today? I'm waiting to hear from You." I sat as still as possible, trying to be patient.


God never told me where to go that day, but He did remind me that His plan for each one of us is universal and at the same time unique.


As I considered my two alternatives, my mind traveled back in time to previous decisions I had made. Wherever I was, God laid out unique opportunities for me to serve Him and with each chance I had to minister to someone else, God brought to mind the command, "Let your light shine. Love one another."


He had never specifically told me to start a bus ministry, serve as a youth leader, host a neighborhood Bible study, or mentor teens in a youth home.


I began to realize that God was not going to tell me the decision to make. He had a message for me. I remember it to this day, years later.


"It really doesn't matter where you are. You are in Me and I am in you. Wherever you live, wherever you go, you will find people who need Me. Introduce them to your heavenly Father. Live a life that encourages others to seek Me. Love all people. Teach them how to live. Use your life, your actions, and My Word. This is what you can do whether you live here or there. Remember, wherever you go, I am with you. Wherever you go take Me with you and let your light shine."


As I said, God never told me what decision to make. I made my choice to take God with me asking Him to use my life to bring His Light into others' lives.


Ever wonder what God's will is for your life? Simple … shine!


Prayer:

Dear Lord, Your Word clearly details Your plan for my life. Forgive me for wanting all the specific details before I step out to reflect Your glory. I want to spend my days shining as a light in the darkness. In Jesus' name, Amen.


Related Resources:

What Happens When Women Say “Yes” to God by Lysa TerKeurst


Think About It:

Do I use the excuse that "God has not told me His will for my life" to keep me from serving Him and others?


Am I well enough acquainted with God's Word so I can confidently live a life that is pleasing to God?


Live It:

Take an inventory of your actions and attitude. How can you arrange your life to reflect God's glory, shining so others might find their way to the Father?


Power Verses:

Matthew 5:16, "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (NIV)


Philippians 2:14-16, "…go out into the world… Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night…" (MSG)


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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing post today. I am one of those graduating and going off to college. In fact just today I was answering emails and making phone calls to that aspired end. Thank you so much fo the needed encouragement today!

Anonymous Kristen said...

Glad you enjoyed this devotion. :)Blessings to you as you graduate & go off to college! I pray you shine brightly for God wherever you go! :)

Blogger Van said...

IT made me happy to know someone was encouraged by my experiences and thoughts. I pray your adventure into college will be filled with moments where you seen Jesus' light shine and opportunities to shine for His glory!

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