Imagine this. You’re scouting architects to build your dream house. The first person you call says she’d love to talk but notifies you she doesn’t use traditional blueprints. They cramp her “creative style.”
Click!! Ridiculous, right?! We laugh at such a ludicrous scenario, but aren’t there times we “wing it” without consulting God? My instinct too often is to consult a friend, family member, or even my old pal Google before going to God. But when we go straight to the Source, we discover God’s plans lay the best foundation for a well-built life.
A short blog can’t exhaust God’s well-laid plans, but here are some “design” principles to take away:
• God desires us to be reconciled to Him in an intimate relationship. 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” His Spirit first works to bring us to salvation and then to conform our character. How blessed we are to have a holy and loving God so interested in our lives!
• God has a divine purpose for each of us. If you don’t know your calling, it’s your job to discover it. God specially wired you to bring Him glory and to bring you joy. If going to work is consistently a drag, it’s time to re-evaluate. It’s probably not be wise to turn in your two week notice, but you can research a career that will light you up.
• God wants us to grow in wisdom so we reverence Him and find shelter. I don’t know about you, but I get in trouble when I go ahead of God and try to solve a problem my way. Proverbs 3:7 warns “not to be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” We can be well-educated but not wise. Being wise means we’re able to apply knowledge. Proverbs 4:6 implies wisdom is its own reward: “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.”
• God commands us to be filled with the Spirit so we bubble up in praise. Ephesians 5:18-19 says “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and songs.” When we surrender to God’s ways, we surrender to God’s Spirit, which brings God praise and honor.
• God wants us to recognize our proper position and be thankful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” When we choose to focus on what we have instead of what we don’t, we show humility that pleases God and ushers contentment.
God’s Word has a lot to say about how we should run our lives. Seeking His blueprint allows us to live the John 14:6 life: life at its fullest. What have you discovered today about His map for you?