– by Jared Hendricks –
Many of us are desperate to know the will of God for our lives. There are so many decisions to make and none of the answers seem clear. Where should I go to college? What kind of career should I pursue? Should I keep the job that I have? Should I be a missionary? Should I get married? Should I have kids? Where should I go to church? With so many questions to face in the coming weeks and years, it is no wonder that many of us are desperate to know the will of God for our lives.
Why is it that we seek God for big or small decisions in life? Why do we call upon him when asking what we should do in the future? Well, for one, we know that he is sovereign over all things. He is in control. God’s Word tells us he has a plan for our lives, so naturally, we want to know what that plan is. We do not want to make the wrong decision and be miserable. We do not want to “mess up” God’s plan, in a sense.
Kevin DeYoung says this, “I’d like us to consider that maybe we have difficulty discovering God’s wonderful plan for our lives because, if truth be told, he doesn’t really intend to tell us what it is. And, maybe we’re wrong to expect him to.”
Matthew 6 gives us two main commands: (1) Do not be anxious about your life and (2) seek righteousness.
Do Not Be Anxious about Your Life
Matthew 6 is actually Jesus himself preaching the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus just finished preaching on laying up treasures in heaven instead of treasures on earth and now he says, “Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.”