When I give people directions to get to my house, I tell them to veer left when they get to a "Y" in the road. Sometimes I wish there were such clear directions for my life. I often get to places in my journey where I am just not sure which way to go. There are no signs pointing one way or the other and I feel completely lost.
Am I the only one who feels that way?
What I really want is a spiritual GPS that I take with me every day that will tell me where to go. I don't ever want to get lost or feel stuck in-between in some no-man's land. When I come to a junction in my life where I have to choose between A or B, I want my GPS to tell me which way to go. I want to hear, “At the T-junction ahead, you will have to select between two jobs, turn right to take Job B.”
I often think to myself, "I just want to know God's will for my life." But what I really want to know is the future. More than a GPS, I want a crystal ball that shows me everything that lies ahead in my life. But knowing the future is something only God can do. He is the only one who sees all things and knows all things. In fact, he planned each of our days before one of them came to be. As David wrote, "in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them" (Psalm 139:16).
While we can't know the future, we can know God's will for us because that's something God has already given us. "I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8). Everything God wants us to know and do is in his word. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” We may not be able to see what lies ahead over the next hill but God’s word will illumine the way before us.