The number one desire of Christians is to live according to
God's will. And the number one question is, "How do I know
His will?" The answer is two-fold. First, God's general will
for all Christians is revealed in the pages of Scripture--
instructions in righteous living for God's glory. But then there
is the specific will of God for one's life.
Psalm 139:16 suggests that God has a plan for everyone's life, and the Bible is filled with examples. Jeremiah was told that God set him aside as a prophet. David was told he was to be Israel's king. Paul was commissioned as an apostle to the Gentiles. Moses was appointed to deliver the Hebrews from slavery to nationhood. Samuel was called as a child to be a prophet. Barnabas was confirmed by the Church to be a servant-leader, an encourager, to others. Solomon was commissioned to build the temple and rule over Israel. All these callings share one thing: They came into their specific calling according to God's timing.
Don't doubt that God has a specific purpose for your life. Just be patient and prayerful as you see it unfold.
Writer Kerry S. Walters suggests that courage is the quality
that the Puritan writer John Bunyan, called valor. This quality
comes in three dimensions, and our Lord modeled all three.
Walters wrote:"Jesus, who always and everywhere is the model for Christian comportment, Himself exemplified...three kinds of valor: physical courage in enduring bodily torture and cruel death following His arrest by Jewish authorities; moral courage when He defied Temple culture by chasing away the money lenders, and spiritual courage when, despite the shockwave of despair that overwhelmed Him on the Cross, He nonetheless persevered to the end."
The world around us can be intimidating, but the followers of Christ are not easily silenced. With grace and compassion, we are to speak and live as servants of Christ in a hostile world.
As we seek His will for our future, God will also give us the courage to accomplish His plan. Do what the apostle Paul did as he approached Rome: Go forward, thank God, and take courage.