Van Walton

"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." Daniel 12:3 (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.

I have heard teens say so as they peer into the future. I've known young adults who say so while choosing a career. I've had this discussion with friends when they realized a little time management allows for a few extra hours in each week. Other mothers and I have wondered the same when we became empty nesters. I know those about to retire search for "God's plan for this phase of my life."

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 asked that He tell me where to move. My husband and I had a choice, but had to give an answer quickly. "Tonight," my husband said, "I have to respond to the offer this evening." He suggested I spend the day in prayer and give him the verdict by dinnertime.

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


"We want to go where You lead us. Where would that be?"


"We want to honor You."


"Do You know that we 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 the many moves my husband and I had made. Wherever we had lived, God had laid out unique opportunities for us to serve Him and each chance to minister appeared under one universal command, "Let your light shine. Love one another."

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

I began to realize that God was not going to tell me where to move. He had a message for me. I remember it to this day, twenty-two 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, wherever you work, 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 where we should move. We made our choice to take God with us asking Him to use our lives to bring His Light into others' lives.

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

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:
Visit Van Walton’s blog for more thoughts on how to know God’s will for your life.

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

Application Steps:

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?

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

Have I taken time to understand my spiritual giftedness to better understand God's will for my life?

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

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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Blogger Marilyn Fox said...

I loved this. It really doesn't matter whether we go or stay, we can live for God's glory here or there. Let's do it. Thank you.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, how often I am looking for specifics when I pray for direction, too. What an excellent thought, to remember that He has already given us all we really need to know! Thanks.

Blogger Danielle said...

This was wonderful... especially for a control freak like me! God has shown me through the years that when I say, "I HAVE to know from one step to the other."... it's not about me knowing, it's about Him leading and me following, even if I'm blind folded. Follow because He will never lead me astray.

Thanks for the reminder that God is in control of all things!

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Blogger smithjeanne said...

I never thought that G-d would move me from the profession I went to college for to working towards becoming a wildlife rehabilitator. However, I know that this is where He wants me and I am so happy to be here.

Anonymous Kathy said...

Your words are MY answer. I had just written my morning prayer, searching for the answers to questions for my life. "Where do I use all this training, college & experience, now that I can not be on my feet very long and can no longer do the job I thought You had planned for me Lord?" God worked thru you. Thank you for listening to Him!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a young adult getting ready to make some big decision about college and career...that was EXACTLY what I needed to hear!

Blogger Melissa said...

Exactly what I needed for this morning! I had a huge question that I thought had to be answered TODAY. After reading your blog, I am again reminded, I can relax knowing that He is in control.
Thanks for posting this! :)

Blogger fojeane said...

Thanks for posting this very simple answer to the question "What is Your will for my life." This post answers so many questions for me.

Anonymous Jessica said...

Thanks for a great devotion!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pr 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

This verse reminds me of how God gives us free will to choose our way,but He is still there to direct us in it. (For He hath said; I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.)

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