| Written by Andrew Wommack |
God has a purpose for every single person. Sad to say, most people don’t live with a sense of destiny. They’re doing their own thing and asking God to bless it, or they believe God’s will for their lives will just come to pass because it’s fate. That is not correct, and I’ll explain why.
All my life, I’ve had zero doubt that God created me with a purpose, but I didn’t begin to diligently seek the Lord until my senior year in high school. I read the Bible from cover to cover searching for the formula to figure out God’s will for my life. I asked people in our church, and they said, “you’ll just know” and “fate automatically happens.” I reject that one hundred percent. People like Hitler and Mussolini didn’t live God’s purpose for their lives. God intended something totally different for them.
God has a purpose for every person, but it doesn’t just automatically come to pass. Fate doesn’t make it happen. If you believed that, you would have to credit God with all the rapes and murders and terrible things that happen.
To know God’s purpose for my life, I had to seek to find. I had to ask to receive. I had to knock before it would be opened unto me (Matt. 7:7).
After I graduated from high school, I went to college. I still didn’t know my purpose, but I was really seeking the Lord and studying the Word. I was at a church function over the Christmas holiday in 1967, and during his devotion, a man read Romans 12:1–2:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that [you] present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The last part of that second verse jumped out at me—God is there to reveal His will to you, but you have to approach Him and initiate the process. You have to become a living sacrifice and be transformed by the renewing of your mind to manifest to your physical senses the good, the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.
For the next four months, I studied these verses in Romans. On March 23, 1968, I was in a prayer meeting, and God showed up and revolutionized my life; He knocked self-righteousness out of me. My life changed radically after this experience as I began to understand grace. And it all goes back to the fact that, for a year and a half, I had been praying and seeking to know God’s will.
Regardless of age, many of you are in the same situation I was in—you know there’s got to be more to life than what you’re experiencing. You have to initiate seeking God’s will, and you have to persevere past any obstacles. Jeremiah 29:11–13 says:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall [you] call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And [you] shall seek me, and find me, when [you] shall search for me with all your heart.
This tells us that to know God’s purpose for you, you’ve got to get to a place where you say, “God, I’m not going to waste any more time until I find out what Your will is.” You’ve got to be intent on it, because as long as you can live without knowing God’s will for your life, you will. You have to reach this place where you search with all your heart, and that’s when God reveals Himself unto you.
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