I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” Psalm 40:8 NLT
Does God have a particular will for your life and mine? Does God really have a vocation for you? Has He already chosen the right person for you to marry? Does He have a plan for your behavior today? Is there something that He wants you to do today? What about that? Without question, the answer is, absolutely! God cares what you and I do today. He cares what you and I do with our lives. He cares about who we marry, God has ultimate goals for each of us and in any given situation He has a preference for what you do.
But it’s easy for believers to get hung up here. In many cases, perhaps most, we are not exactly sure what he wants. He hasn’t sent us any on-line messages. So we get paralyzed, wavering back and forth. Well, if he wants us to do a particular thing, why doesn’t he send us a message? I think the answer to that question is that he may not be so concerned about precisely what we do as he is about what we are becoming as we learn to walk in faith. We pray, we listen to the Word, we consult with trusted friends, we look at the circumstances, we listen to the inner voice, and we say, “Lord, as best I know this is what you want me to do. So I am going to step out in faith. If this is not the way, then you must stop me!” If he doesn’t stop us, then the direction we are taking is one that is not inconsistent with his plans and purposes. If it was not precisely what he might have liked, he is still able, in his infinite creativity, to bring the greatest good out of it. The most important thing is not that I do this or do that—the most important thing is what I’ve become as I struggle to learn and to know and to do the will of God.