“It’s much easier to steer a car that’s already moving than one that is sitting still.” – Jonathan McPeters
Thanks dad for that awesome quote! Although this expression may seem simplistic at first, it really holds an amount of depth and truth that a lot of us tend to miss in this thing called “finding God’s will.” It can seem daunting, yes? We’re at the age when we’re facing major life decisions like where to attend university, what career path to follow, who to date or even marry. We continually find ourselves praying for wisdom and discernment. We struggle sometimes to figure out what God has destined for us, and after a while seeking His will in these big matters begins to wear us down.
But what if I told you that in finding His will in the big decisions, we should first make sure we’re following His will in the day-to-day obvious ones. Think about it. Scripture may not spell out for us things like exactly where to go to university or what career path to pursue, but it does give us a clear road map on how to conduct ourselves throughout our daily lives no matter where we are in life. Examples?
- Love your neighbor. (Matthew 5:43)
- Love your enemies. (Matthew 5:44)
- Be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; (James 1:19)
- Put others before yourself. (Philippians 2:3)
- Deny yourself. (Matthew 16:24)
- Reach others for Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Pray without ceasing. (I Thessalonians 5:17)
Not an easy list to follow and I’m just getting started! I feel like we, as young believers, sometimes spend so much time seeking what God has for us in the future and in this big picture called “life” that we push aside the things in Scripture that are clearly His will right now.
Let’s go back to that expression. “It’s much easier to steer a car that’s already moving than one that is sitting still.”
Now let’s rephrase that. “It’s much easier to find the ‘greater picture’ of God’s will when we’re already moving forward on the things we know are His will.”
Before we can go about finding the will of God in the major decisions of our life, we first need to be pursuing what we already know is God’s will for us now. This is my challenge to you. Take a look through God’s word, pull out just one or two clear commands and begin following them. Next week find two more and add them to your daily routine. Keep working on taking those first steps in obedience to God’s will.