I remember my days in middle school and high school Bible class, where the number one question on my mind was finding out what God’s will was for my life. Quite frankly, it scared the crap out of me when I thought of missing out on God’s call to do this and do that. I vividly recall how frightened I was with the notion that I could miss out on God’s “perfect will” by marrying the wrong person and that in turn would mess up that other marriage that should have took place to ensure God’s “perfect will” for those other people. God’s will was not comforting; instead it paralyzed me with fear.
A few years into college I was walking with a good friend at that time and he asked me a question.
“Jeremy, what is God’s will for our lives?” he said.
Without missing a beat, I quoted Jeremiah 29:11 fully confident that this was a promise directly for me. And then my friend shot an arrow at my theology that perfectly pierced my armor. He said, “Wasn’t that meant for ancient Israel?”
I’m not being dramatic when I say that his line simply wrecked me.
Scales fell from my eyes and I was confronted with the fact that I had no idea what I was talking about when it came to grasping God’s will. Fortunately, that realization led me down a path to explore what it meant.
At just the right time, a pivotal mentor at my college also recommended a book that helped me called “Decision Making and The Will of God.” Few books have so profoundly altered my understanding of the world as that work by Gary Friessen. While an arrow pierced my theological armor years prior to this book, “Decision Making” brought a wrecking ball to my worldview. Using the way of godly wisdom, my fears of missing out on God’s perfect will was relieved, especially when I understood that God’s perfect will was to have a transformed mind that comes through a right relationship with Jesus (see Romans 12:1-2).
What does that mean for our lives practically? Stay tuned for my next post!