In college, I remember panicking that I didn’t know God’s will for my life. I thought if I became a businessman instead of a writer or a lawyer instead of a missionary, I could entirely miss my God-given purpose. I even remember asking a friend, “Why won’t God just tell me what I’m supposed to do?”
Now looking back, I just laugh at myself. It’s been incredibly liberating to learn that God cares less about me knowing His ultimate will for my life and more about me becoming His will today. Hebrews 11.8 says that Abraham obeyed God and followed him “not knowing where he was going.” Often I demand to know the final destination before I take the first step, but this isn’t what following God looks like. As God said to Joshua, “I am with you wherever you go.” This gave Joshua the confidence to move forward knowing he carried the will of God with him, regardless of whether he decided to go right or left into the promise land.
In short: it’s not about finding God’s will; it’s about being it. Bill Johnson says that God desires to transform us so deeply that He can say to us, “Your will be done.” We’ve all been created uniquely, and so long as we honor God through faith in Christ, we are free to become His will by living out our own passions. As Augustine said—“Love God and do what you want.”