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WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP IN LIFE?

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 ESV)

providenceHave you ever wondered what the next step in your life should be? Should I get married? Should we have children? Should I take just any job to get by since I’m unemployed? Should I start looking for a new job because I’m dissatisfied with the one I have now? What should be my major in college? I’m unhappy in my marriage; should I divorce? Should we spend Christmas at her parents or mine?

Christian – whatever your next step is, it should honor and glorify God. As a matter of fact, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV) God desires to be the highest priority in our lives. Sometimes we become frustrated because we haven’t heard what we want to hear from God. Our prayers for guidance seem to go unanswered. In many areas, His will for us may belong to the secret things of God. We must learn to trust in God’s providential care. If God’s glory is the greatest purpose of our lives, then we will be useful servants to Him. Trust God, acknowledge His Word, seek His Wisdom, and His Sovereignty by obeying Him and being thankful for His providential care. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

God’s Providence is His supervision and care for all He has created – including us. Any exhibition of such care may be explained as Providence. The Westminster Shorter Catechism defines Providence in Question 11 as: “… his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.” God did not create the world and then withdraw from it to never interact with His creation again. God works all things according to the counsel of His will. (Ephesians 1:11 ESV)

When you pray for God’s guidance, do not expect immediate signs and answers from God. Wait upon the Lord, meditate on His Word, and He will share His Wisdom with you at just the right time. If you love God, you must trust in His Providential care. Know that whatever circumstances may befall you, that His Providence will eventually work it out to your good. (Romans 8:28 ESV)

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