We all have found ourselves struggling over the question “is this God’s will for me?” I have had this struggle recently, wondering if this really is the way the Lord God wants me to take. My fear has overwhelmed me and my doubt of my own ability has brought me to a place where I shrink back and find myself stuck. I know that fear and doubt are two words that will hold us down and hold us back from following the will of God for our lives. They are tools, weapons used by our enemy to keep us from walking in the victory that Christ Jesus paid for with His blood. But yet, I find myself in fear and doubt once again this morning.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
This verse happens to be my life verse. The Lord spoke this to me many years ago, and when I find myself wavering, doubting, and stuck in fear, He brings these words back to me and renews my faith and trust in Him. I have broken this verse down before, and it has brought me out of the pit of fear and back onto the path He intended for me, time and time again. Today, I needed it all over again. Fear is like a sticky trap, it is laid out before us, and when we walk over it, we get stuck. We cannot move, we cannot get past the glue that binds us to the trap. Fear gets its grip and we, like a little mouse we begin to wither and die. But God is our hope, He is the only one who can free us from the sticky mess of fear we are stuck in.
His Word tells us that “we (believers) are His (the Father’s) workmanship”. The word workmanship is the same word we get poem from. It means a fabric, a thing that is made. Our Father in heaven is weaving and working out a beautiful poem, and that poem is you. He has chosen the threads, as well as the very fibers of your being. They have been chosen and put together to create your life, in Him. He is writing your dreams and desires into the fabric of His choosing. He is working in you the greatest of all poems, and to Him it is the most precious, beautiful piece of workmanship He has ever created. You are His work, His Poem, written and worked together by His very skillful hands.
Some people have asked me, “how do I know if this is God’s will for me?” As I read this verse, and I ponder on what it means to be a poem written by God, one thought continues to occur to me. “You don’t know until you try.” If we are truly His workmanship, being created and wrought out by the very hands of the Almighty God, then anything we do is in the will of God. The only time we are outside the will of God for our lives is when we sin, or when we walk into sin.
Paul tells us that we are “created in Christ Jesus, for good works”. To create means to make something out of nothing. You were nothing, you were dead in your trespasses and sins, but then God came and took you from the life you were living and created in you a new creation. He saw the beginnings of a beautiful tapestry and placed you upon His loom. He saw you and created you for good works. The purposes and will of God will always be for His glory and for your blessing. When we ponder and question His will for our lives, we need to have faith and trust that He will lead us, no matter what. God is not surprised or shocked at our choices, He has already plotted and planned out the pattern for which you are to follow.
We know this is true because Paul says, “which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The KJV reads, “which God hath ordained beforehand”. God has prepared before each one us the paths we are to take, He has ordained, (fit in advance) all that He has for us to do. All we are asked to do is to have the faith to step out of our fear and walk in it. We are to take the paths which God has prepared ahead of time for us. When we question what God’s will is for us, we need to have confidence and faith in these simple words, “which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
We question God’s will, we wonder and pray, seeking His direction in our lives, when all He is asking is that we have the faith to walk and the strength to trust Him to weave in our lives the pattern He has prepared for us. He has made the way, all we have to do is walk. Faith is the proof of His ability to lead us down the path He has ordained for us. God’s will is never going to take you down a path of sin, so if you are questioning which way to go, what to do, ask yourself this simple question. “Will this lead me into sin?” If the answer is no, then walk it. Don't look back, don't let your feet get stuck in the sticky trap, just walk and have faith in the ability of the Master Weaver who has you upon His loom and is working in you and through you to do all that He has prepared for you.
When we step out in faith, and we take off the garments of fear and doubt, then we will know that we are in His will. God prepared beforehand, even when you were dead in your trespasses and sins; God was creating a precious masterpiece of your life, for His pleasure. He has never left you, you are right where you need to be, upon the loom of His grace and His mercy, trust in His ability and just walk.