Finding the will of God for your life (and job)

The morning of March 8, 2004 I received an email from a close friend who told me he had a “word from God” for me. Knowing the kind of life my friend lives, I gladly received it as from God. He said, “God is going to use you in ways that are very different than you have envisioned. Be aware, attentive, and ready.”

Immediately, my mind started racing, trying to figure it all out. It seems as though answers to life’s questions never come as quickly as we would like. However, since 2004 God has given me several opportunities to do things in my job, career, and various ministries that I never pictured myself doing. It was necessary that I walk through these open doors in order to stay in God’s will.

For me, one of these opportunities is helping others financially through writings such as this one. The word my friend gave me has motivated and guided me over the last 5 years, and I’m going to show you how this same word will guide you and keep you in God’s will. If you have goals and dreams as I do, it’s very important that you know how to first recognize them as God’s will for your life and then how to make them become reality.

“Be Aware, Attentive, and Ready”

Be:

The word “be” in this context implies that you are doing something. What comes after the “be” is my part, not God’s part. To get a higher paying job or to launch a new business will require action. It won’t just happen by itself. Proverbs 21:5 – “The plans of the diligent lead to profit…” So, what do you need to “be” doing?

Aware:

Be aware of purpose and opportunity in every situation, particularly opportunities to meet the needs of others. While waiting for your answer, be an answer for someone else. Working that low paying job may seem pointless, but God has a plan and purpose for having you there at this time. You may be the only person that can reach that co-worker for Jesus. Dealing with that “jerk” supervisor or employee is growing your character and is valuable experience for when you become your own boss and have employees of your own. The opportunity you’ve been praying for may be right under your nose, but you have to get your mind off of yourself in order to recognize it. Be open to the impossible. Don’t limit yourself or Him. You have abilities to do things, meet needs, and earn money you never thought possible. Dreams don’t have to stay dreams. Be aware.

Attentive:

Be attentive to God’s voice. It’s one thing to recognize an open door, but it’s an entirely different thing to actually walk through it. God may be speaking to you right now about a dream or opportunity. You might think it’s impossible because the door just isn’t open. Many times, it’s not that the door isn’t open; it’s that the devil has hung a curtain of “fear” over the opening. However, the same God who gave you the dream and the awareness of the door to begin with will also give you wisdom, knowledge, and courage to walk through it. But, you must be attentive to his voice. You have to do things in His timing and in His way. Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Very rarely does God birth something in you and it be manifested immediately. (Just ask ladies who have gone through pregnancy.) It takes time. If you get ahead of God, you’ll find that you went through the wrong door. If you don’t have 100% peace that taking that new job is God’s will, don’t do it, no matter how bad you want to get out of where you are at or how big the paycheck will be.

Opportunities are for an appointed time. You’ll know when the time is right if you wait to hear from God. This can only be accomplished by spending significant and quality time in the Bible and in prayer. After doing so, an open door will invariably be in front of you. The level of peace in your spirit will tell you whether or not the door was opened by God. Maybe your time and season is now. Be attentive.

Ready:

Be ready – make necessary preparations for receiving your answer. If you’re not willing to set goals and work toward them, then your dream will remain just a dream. That better paying job, unity in your relationships, or sense of purpose in your life will not come. Even if you have recognized an open door and have clearly heard from God that it’s His will for you life, you still have to do your part.

We blame way too many things on bad luck. The philosopher, Seneca, once said, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” Many opportunities are lost because we aren’t prepared for them when they arise. In other words, we can make our own luck, good or bad. The Bible says to make the most of every opportunity. (See Ephesians 5:16, Colossians 4:5) Can you name 5 things you have done in the last 3 months to make the most of your finances, your marriage, or your relationship with God? Work like no one is going to give you anything. Don’t expect problems to solve themselves. God is going to bless you and help you, but he will usually do so by giving you the tools with which to construct your own blessing.

Financially speaking, examples of things you can do to prepare to step through an open door of increase are:

1. Tithe – bringing the 1st 10% of all your increase to your local church. If you don’t do this, the doors will remain shut indefinitely. (See Malachi 3:10)
2. Prepare a financial budget, in faith, based on how much money you want to make (in addition to your current budget). This shows God that you are prepared to manage more money before he actually gives it to you.
3. Read books on how to prepare resumes and prepare for interviews. There is a reason that you’re having difficulty getting hired or even getting an interview. Read up, and find out what you can do to improve your chances. Everyone has something they can learn.
4. Read books in your area of interest. Many people make money doing what they love and enjoy. Why shouldn’t you? Remember, don’t limit yourself or God. You serve a God who specializes in the impossible. An opportunity may be right in front of you. Mark 9:23 – “…all things are possible to him who believes.”
5. No negative words or thoughts! Be positive at all times. Constantly remind yourself and others that your life is in God’s hands and He will open the door in His timing. No quitting. (See Philippians 1:6, 4:8)

My goals and dreams are still in the process of being met. But, this word from God has helped me to stay focused, see the impossible, and not give up. I must stay aware of opportunities, remain attentive to God’s voice, and be willing to prepare for those opportunities. It takes all three: Be aware, attentive, and ready, and you will find yourself in God’s will and your dreams coming true.


















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  1. I think the point about showing (to yourself, God, “the universe”) that you’re ready for the next level (of $, career, love) is really important and definitely rings true with what I’ve experienced. It’s important to acknowledge what you’ve achieved and also that you can handle and truly want something else – the next level of management, the next pay bracket, another friend, a new city – whatever it is. For some people, this means allowing yourself to believe that you do deserve it.

  2. Matt Nicollz

    There is always fear when walking through the door of opportunity (taking a step of faith) – but I find the greatest fear is when I’m halfway down the road, and I’m in with both feet trudging down this path that I knew (or thpught I knew) God sent me down. Then things didn’t go like I expected, and it’s harder than I thought, and I don’t have the warm fuzzy feelings I used to have, and God doesn’t seem like He’s around much lately, and I begin to doubt. Which is EXACTLY where I am right now, and why I am thankful to have read this post which reminds me that God has a plan, and I can trust Him to see me through what He started. He is faithful! Thank God for God!

  3. Steve that was an interesting article indeed. I was a struggling singer who used to make just enough every month to survive one day. My parents used to support me 100%. After turning to Christ, I began doing jobs in offices and call centres. I now earn really well and also have a car since 4.5 years. I paid off the loan on it in just a year! I am planning to buy a new car early next year.

    I was out of a job for 9 months in 2006. I cleared all my tithe dues (I had robbed God) and God blessed with me with a job. God is not commercial or money-minded: He just taught me that His Word is not a pastime. It’s my life-giver and sustainer. I needed to honour it. I did, and God honoured me with a job soon after.

    Blessed be the name of the LORD!

  4. This post truly blessed me. Thank you for sharing. There’s a lot of “meats and potatoes” in this entry. God bless you.

  5. Hey Steve, your post has made me realize not to waste time which i have got now…Whats now is of God and I better see it and pass the hurdle…I now realize God is on the other side waiting for me..Thanks a lot Steve, thanks a lot god!!

  6. Hi Steve, wonderful article. I am having difficulty staying in a place of unmovable faith concerning God’s promises. I have experienced great wonders at His hand, however, although I have always been a faithful tither and giver, I am not seeing the promise of Malachi 3:10 being fulfilled. It’s been well over 2 yrs of diligent job searching, to no avail. Every door that seemed to be opening closed while it was half way opened. I’ve never experienced being under a closed heaven in my relationship with Jesus. It’s so difficult now with no job, no income, and all that I have given to the kingdom throughout the years not being returned back to me in such desperate times. I’m always doing spiritual check ups to see if I am walking in my ordered steps and doing what the word requires of me…He’s not spoken to me in that area. Can someone share some Godly insight on my condition. I believe,but I need help with my present unbelief. Thanks and God bless!

  7. Cindy let me encourage you. See my comment above, posted in 2009. I had just lost my job then (in September, 2009). After a lot of intercession from prayer warriors and faith (a little less than a mustard seed) from my side, I got a job in August 2010 – after 10 months of not being full-time on a company’s payroll.

    Fast and pray. Spend quiet time with God. Keep a notepad and pen and your study Bible handy while you do so. And try to be home on the day of fasting. Above all else, DO the Word…i.e., confess the verses of promises like Psalm 23, Psalm 128, Philippians 4:19 etc. Actually command the job that God wills for you, to come to you and thank God for sending His angels to snatch the job from the enemy’s hands and bring it to you. Renounce any sin you might have committed in your previous job, like accessing personal emails on company time if not allowed, or taking longer breaks than allowed even though you may not have needed them etc. Do not feel condemned.

    You are a joint heir with Christ Jesus and are seated in heavenly places with Him, if you are born again. Take your stance and fight the enemy tooth and nail. He works 24×7…you should work at 24.7 minutes a day at least. All the best and congrats in aadvance for getting that great job in line with His will! :)

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