Has God a Plan for my life?
Alan H. Linton, Bristol, England
With this issue we commence a series of short articles dealing with practical problems which arise in the lives of young Christians. We are fortunate in having the help of Dr. A. H. Linton, M.Sc, Ph.D., who, as a Lecturer in the Bristol University and a worker among youth, is well qualified to deal with such questions. Readers who would like to raise matters likely to be of general profit are invited to submit questions to Dr. Linton, 25 Elmcroft Crescent, Muller Road, Bristol, 7-
HAS GOD A PLAN FOR MY LIFE?
WHEN MENTION IS MADE of a divine 'calling' or 'vocation' invariably we think of those whom the Lord is leading out into full-time Christian work. A careful study of Scripture, however, reveals that the Lord has a plan for each of our lives. In particular, note the statement by Paul, 'that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God' (for you), Rom. 12. 2. To some it may seem incredible that there should be a distinct life-plan for each individual, but surely, it is more incredible to suppose that the Lord will leave us to fend for ourselves. 'We charge God with folly if we are not convinced that He has a place and purpose for each one of us whom He has created and redeemed by His blood. We ought not to doubt that He is able and willing to reveal His plan to us; we ought not to think that we can manage our lives better than He can.' (Hogben, R. Vocation  I.V.F. p. 18). The Christian life is not a hobby or part-time occupation but a full-time calling. Each should render full-time service for the Master whether occupied entirely in Christian work or in a secular occupation. It is vitally important, therefore, that we should know the mind of the Lord regarding every step of our lives. This will include the choice of a career, the place where we live, the company of the Lord's people with whom we meet, our friendships, and especially the choice of a life partner. We will consider the first of these.
What should be the guiding principles in our choice of a career? Many non-christians put as their first consideration the salary, leisure time, prospects of advancement, etc., whilst others just 'drop' into the first job that comes their way. Should we do likewise? Indeed no! Rather, the great question facing each young Christian stepping out into life should be, 'To what is the Lord calling me?. His choice should be our first consideration. Outside of this we become only misfits, unhappy and self-seeking.
The weight of responsibility for our vocation rests with the Lord who calls. Our responsibility is to follow His leading. Leaving the choice with Him will never be a second best. May our daily prayer be, 'Lord what wilt Thou have me to do?'.
As for God, His way is perfect . . . He maketh my way perfect. Psalm 18. 30 and 32.
Next issue: 'How can I know the Lord's guidance?'