Desire or Destiny?


A lot of people wonder whether the thing they desire “is God’s will”. Conversations can go like this: “I desire so much to go to that and that Bible School, but… is it God’s will?” or “I really like to pursue that career, but can it be God’s will?”. Some people think that when they desire Siberia, God will send them to Hawaii, or even (worse) vice versa! When trying to find God’s will about our desires the best place to look is in the Bible. Here’s just one particular verse:

1 Timothy 3:1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.

‘But wait a minute!’, you say. This person desiring to be an overseer, doesn’t even pray about it? No. Paul says they desire a noble task out of their own choice (they set their heart on it). No asking for God’s will, no prayer for direction. A simple desire is enough. After all, doesn’t God himself give us the desire of our heart? (Psalm 37:4)

Now if we are talking about a fire fighter, a policeman or a nurse, okay (sorry firefighters, policemen and nurses). But surely, to desire to be an elder, a pastor, an overseer, one must first experience a lightning flash from heaven? An angel speaking? Three confirming dreams in a row?

No. God has wired us to think for ourselves. To desire noble tasks. To go ahead and just do it. Some people say “if God had wanted us to fly he would have given us wings”. Wrong answer. He gave us brains instead.

Don’t wait any longer. Spread your wings and fly.

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