What should we do when we face a crossroads in life and career?
This is a question that I have spent a considerable amount of time on and in the end it was all unnecessary. I went to Bible College in Florida and would hear several messages a year about how to know God’s will for your life. If you walk into any Christian bookstore you will find the shelves stocked with books on God’s will. The concept has a mystical element to it like trying to hold onto water in your hands. Other believers may tell you what they think God’s will for your life is. That is always awesome (not) and extremely awkward.
Usually we ask this question because there is a life change that is happening in our lives. We might be pondering a choice in college, career, relationships, or lifestyle change. Therefore, we ask God what to do or what choice should we make. The question comes when we do not hear anything on our end. This is where the many chapel messages and books attempt to answer the question.
However, in my opinion they all fall short. Why? Am I that arrogant enough to believe I alone have the answer? No. But the answer is simple and I realize that I like to complicate things. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” People can get nervous about this because they might think either that it cannot be that simple or how do I know my desires are pure?
Matthew 22:38-40 answers that question when it talks about the whole law being held on two statements “Love God and Love People.” I know I summarized for you but check out the verse. If we are loving God and loving our neighbor then we are essentially fulfilling God’s requirements. Therefore, God will put desires in your heart.
If you have always wanted to start that business, but were unsure. If you love God and people then go for it. Should you make a career change? Again do you love God and people? If yes then you already know the answer. Sure you may need to pray for guidance and wisdom to navigate the course, but it is not a question of ‘Is this God’s will?’.
You were created for more than just a dead end job. God may have placed a desire in your heart already for something. Now it is a question of do you want to step out of the comfort zone? When I learned this truth, the stress of knowing if I’m making the right decision vanished. My prayer is that you will have clarity for your life as well.