One of the most common things I hear people ask is “what am I supposed to do?”. Everyone wants to know what they’re supposed to do, what job they’re supposed to have, where they’re supposed to live, why they are here on Earth. God never creates anything without a purpose, including you. God doesn’t have a plan for you. If God had a plan for you and me we would undoubtedly mess it up. If God had a plan for you then one wrong turn would take you off of that plan.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the most often quoted scriptures, and people have a wide variety of opinions regarding it. Some people believe that it isn’t applicable to us today, but the truth about the Bible is that none of it was written to us, it was written for us. The Bible is our key to gain a better understanding of who God is, how He interacts with people, and what a relationship with God looks like. The word “thoughts” in Jeremiah 29:11 is also translated as plans, purpose, and designs. So God does have plans for us, He created us by design to fulfill a purpose. God used a specific blueprint to create you, He didn’t create you to walk on one specific path. God created human beings, not human doings. Take your focus off what you’re doing and listen to who God is calling you to be. A car created by a blueprint is a car no matter where it is.
The only way we can mess up God’s purpose for our life is to walk away from Him and never look back. God wants you and me to do specific things, talk to specific people, and go to specific places, but not all the time. Often when we feel lost, or are attempting to discover what our purpose in life is, God is simply telling us to start walking in a certain direction. Often times the first direction we receive towards our purpose will be simple and broad, like ‘Here’s a compass, start walking with me, we’re going North’. God’s plans and purposes for us is not a tightrope that we continue struggle to walk on.
Jesus told His disciples “Follow me and I will make you”. It’s really that simple. We start following Jesus, we are led by His Spirit, and He transforms us into who He created us to be. I believe that many people today are waiting for God to push them in a certain direction. People are standing still, looking down at their feet expecting to see a big flashing arrow directing them where to walk. Instead God is calling His people to follow Him. There is no need to overcomplicate finding your purpose, God is not trying to hide it from you.
I believe that to find our purpose we regularly need to hear and see God. It would be quite difficult to be led by someone who is silent and invisible. Jesus was not invisible while He was here on Earth, so it was easier to follow Him around. Today we don’t need to see God Himself, we need to recognize where He is. The Israelites were led through the wilderness day and night by the glory of God. Jesus said that the pure in heart would see God (Matthew 5:8), and that if we believe we will see the glory of God (John 11:40). Proverbs 20:12 says that ears to hear and eyes to see are both a gift from God. We don’t need to strive to hear from God, He is waiting for us to put away distractions so we can listen and pay attention to His calling.
If you feel stuck trying to find your purpose, instead of praying and asking for God to show you your purpose, ask to see and hear from God. God doesn’t want you chasing a purpose or dream, He wants you to have a hear after Him.