As people get older, we start to seek what our purpose is in life, only to give up the thought due to impatience and frustration (which I am guilty for). But we often forget that God has already provided what we need to know. He doesn’t play hide and seek with His will, and He wants us to remember His promise that He has a plan for us and that plan will be great and wild.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11, NLT
Because we know this promise, whenever we try to have a closer relationship with God, we say, “I want God to lead the way. I want Him to take full control of my life.” But doubt suddenly comes in waves and we confuse ourselves and instead of our former mantra, we say, “I don’t know what to do with my life. YOLO.”
So how do you recover from YOLO mentality into God’s mentality?
1. Remember that your heart is deceitful.
Some of us are always waiting for God to give us “signs” or we depend on our emotions and our feelings to guide our way. But guess what? The heart is a playa. One second, you’re mad at your best friend and you’re sure that your friendship is over; but the next moment, you’re all good again. The enemy can easily manipulate our feelings that could create fear, doubt, anger, etc. in our hearts. In the same way, your heart is unpredictable and inconsistent. But God is constant. In Jeremiah 17:9, it says,
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” Jeremiah 17:9, NLT
2. God’s will is not a recipe.
In our society nowadays, we want everything to be given to us quick and simple. As millennials, we’re a generation that feels entitlement. If the Buzzfeed video on YouTube doesn’t buffer in .02 seconds, we demand our screens to instantly give it to us, forgetting that there are signals that have to go all the way to space and then back to us for everything to work together.
The problem with this mentality is that not everything will fit our mold. We want everything to be perfect and fast at the same time. God’s will is more dynamic than that. God sees the whole ocean, while we only see a tiny cup. So lets say that God’s will was like a chocolate chip cookie recipe. What would happen if we left out the chocolate chips? The chocolate chips are extremely important in this recipe, otherwise it won’t be chocolate chip cookies and there would no point to even calling it “chocolate chip cookie.” It’s just sweet bread. In the same way, God’s will is complex. God has provided choices A through Z, and a free will to choose whichever letter we want. He gave us a brain for a reason. What’s even better is that with x amount of choices, God’s grace also extends an x amount for our mistakes.
3. To know His will requires a relationship
Some people think that God wants nothing to do with them because of their sins and shortcomings. This prevents us to welcome a relationship with God. But He says,
“God will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and He has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
Imagine two rooms. There’s only one door between the rooms, and this door only has a doorknob on one side. You’re in the room with the doorknob and God’s on the other side. Our relationship with God works the same way, in that He is waiting for us to open the door so that we get the chance to get to know Him and have a close relationship with Him. You have to want it to get it. We are free to choose.
There are several hints that the bible tells you on how to hear His voice, but there are millions of verses teaching and urging us to build a loving relationship with God. And why you ask? Because God’s will is a relationship. The more you learn about Him the less your brain will hurt.
Get to know God on a deeper level and everything else will follow.
And please be patient. Not everyone has fast wi-fi.