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Don't Worry You've Already Missed God's Will For Your Life

Last Sunday we started a new series "Fearless" which got me thinking about all the things Christians fear. One of the top fears I hear as a pastor is missing God's will. I have spoken with so many believers who are so paralyzed by this fear that they can't decide which job to take, what school to go to, or where to live because "God hasn't told them"! If you find yourself stuck in this place let me break some truth to you slowly and gently: God doesn't have a plan for your next real estate purchase, investment, vacation, job, school, or even where you live, but don't worry - this is a good thing!

This is good because if God had a will for your life, you would have already missed it. You would have already taken a wrong turn several years ago and would now be so far off track you could never get back to the original plan. You couldn't get back to the plan because you couldn't go back in time! Just like George Bailey your life has set off a chain of events that is irreversible. Your wonderful or not-so-wonderful life is what it is and you can't go back. Not only that, but because you've missed God's plan you've also likely bumped several people out of alignment as well. In other words, we're all messed up, off-course, and hopelessly lost.

If you're surprised don't worry because God isn't. God knows we're lost and has known about this for a long time. In fact, this is why he sent Jesus. The original plan failed. The garden paradise we were made for was broken because we didn't stick to the plan! This is why Jesus came! He came to redeem us from our brokenness and make something beautiful out of this mess that we created. His redemption set us free from the terrible script we imagined for ourselves and freed us to live the life we were made to live.

So if there is no plan, how do we know what to do? Where do we go from here? What's the new plan (if there is one)? The prophet Micah tells us, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) God's plan is simple: act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him. You can do that here or there, in this house or that house, at that job or this job, in this state or that state. You don't have to wait; you don't have to be afraid. You just have to decide to do something with God.