The God I serve is trustworthy. I know that He loves me; I believe that He holds my past, my present, and my future in His hands. He knows every step that I should take, and I trust Him to guide me down the path that I should go. Jeremiah 29: 11 assures me “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Christians do a lot of fretting about following God’s plan for their lives. They worry that a decision they make, or some action that they should have done but didn’t, or shouldn’t have done but did, will take them off the path of God’s plan for their lives.
The big decisions in life, like what university to attend, what career path to follow, who to marry, should not be made lightly. It is very important to pray for wisdom, and to seek counsel in making these decisions. But it is not wise to allow yourself to be paralyzed with indecision because you are waiting for God to reveal his will for your life.
I don’t think that God has one Mr. or Miss Right lined up for you, or one school or one career path picked out for you, and if you choose wrong you will miss out on His plan. We have free will to make these choices.
Out of the available choices, there are bound to be some choices that are better for us than others. I have a friend who married a man that she knew was not right for her. She ignored her misgivings and the advice from family and friends, and made her choice. After seven years of marriage, he left her for another woman. Divorce is never God’s plan A for our lives, but neither is it an unpardonable sin. My friend sought God’s forgiveness, and in His mercy He led her to a wonderful godly man. They married and were blessed with three great kids.
We already have God’s will for how we are to live in the Bible. If we live according to His principles, if we are daily reading His word and communing with Him in prayer, asking Him for guidance in our lives, I don’t think we have to worry about missing the path.