I'm a new Christian and I'm also thinking about my future. I'm just a sophomore right now in high school, but I want to know how I can learn what God wants me to do with my life?
I’m so glad you wrote. So many young people are floundering out there without a clue wandering from one idea to the next without taking the time to sit down and really think about their future. God’s will is not a road map it’s a relationship. I’m so glad God has never specifically told me what I was going to be doing today when I was a sophomore in high school! It would have left no room for God’s spontaneous moments that appear in my life as gifts wrapped in His love.
Secondly, God also leads us by speaking to us in the quietness of our hearts. You know, prayer is a two-way street. You do not pray at God you talk with God. God has a plan for you. Read Jeremiah 29:11-14. It’s a good plan that He wants you to get in on, if you will wait before Him and listen to His still voice that is giving you direction.
Thirdly, James 1:5-6 promises that we can ask God for wisdom and He will give it to us. Sometimes you might get goosebumps and shivers of the liver when He confirms the direction, but more times than not, God’s wisdom is just sanctified common sense. It’s having the mind of Christ. It’s applying and knowing the principles of God’s Word.
Lastly, you can learn God’s will through His providence. Read 1 Corinthians 16:9. It has been well said, “The door to opportunity swings on the hinges of opposition.” For the person who faithfully trusts God and acknowledges Him in all His ways, God will bulldoze a path through the wilderness. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. Talk to your guidance counselor, your parents and others who know you very well. Listen and pray over their counsel.
Most important to Dr. Rogers have been the tens and thousands of believers who have had their faith strengthened and thousands of others who have for the first time entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Dr. Rogers passed away on November 15, 2005