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Can You Know God’s Will for Your Job?

March 26, 2013

The other day my friend asked a rather blunt and personal question: “Do you think it is God’s will for you to be at the company you’re with right now?”

What I wanted to say was, “Well, duh. I’m working there, aren’t I?” 

In other words, how else could I have possibly ended up in this place unless God had somehow greased the wheels? I don’t know how all this stuff works, theologically speaking, but I have to give him some credit for my current life circumstances. 

I am not one to obsess about these kinds of things, but truthfully it is difficult to know minute by minute whether or not we are in that exact bull’s eye of what we think of as “God’s will.” When you start unraveling the layers of choices and chances and serendipitous events that lead us to any particular decision, the thought that we each are supposed to have only one magic track to be riding on can become oppressive. Especially when things are not going so well. Then it becomes much more convenient to consider that, well, perhaps God had a much more fulfilling and happy plan in mind for you. Suffering isn’t supposed to be part of God’s will, is it? 

It seems rather presumptuous that any of us could claim an inside track to understanding God’s universal omniscient plan. I mean, once you start parsing out those judgment calls, when does it end? If you know his will for your job, then what about your plans for the weekend? The church you attend? The cup of coffee you just poured? Was that in his will? The danger in searching for God’s predetermined will behind every rock becomes a never-ending trail of second-guessing. 

That being said, I must admit there have been moments of clarity in my life; specific situations when I knew – absolutely, beyond a doubt, at the deepest spiritual level – that God had me in a very specific place doing the exact work I was supposed to be doing. 

This does not happen very often. 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. pastordt permalink
    March 26, 2013 10:58 pm

    I am SO with you on this one, Jim. Scripture, and the Jesus we meet there, picture for us what the overarching will of God is for humankind – to love God, to love our neighbor, to love ourselves, to make disciples, to love one another. Parables tell us to make the most of the gifts we’ve been given. And one of those gifts is a mind that thinks, reasons, decides. Of course, we ask for guidance and clarity– but God gave us these minds for a reason, and these hearts, too. So, if the decision falls within the revealed moral will of God, if we have asked for direction and don’t see the handwriting on the wall, then God will go with us and bless and teach us whatever road we take. Thanks for putting this out there.

  2. May 15, 2013 7:03 pm

    This was a wonderful read. It brings to mind so many discussions I’ve had with others. There have been too many ‘coincidences’ in my life when the timing was right to consider they were by accident. I struggle over ‘God’s will’ and our ‘free will.’ I want to believe that we are all where we are supposed to be at any given time in life. Yet, the would presume predestination, which would knock out our ‘free will.’ Then there’s the question: If I have a choice of paths to choose along the way, does God know this prior to my choice which again would be predestination. Others say that if God does know and bad things happen, what kind of God is that? Sometimes, theologically I think so hard that my brain hurts. We will never have all the answers to be sure. How I live my life is listening and watching for the will of God which I truly believe are the ‘coincidences’ when I’m in the right place.

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