As a Christian, you may have heard about God’s plan for your life.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
We often pray for God’s guidance in our lives, but how do we know if God is preparing us for His plan?
In this post, we will explore some of the signs that God is preparing you for His plan.
You feel a strong calling
God calls us to a specific purpose.
Sometimes, that calling may be apparent, and we may feel a strong urge to pursue it.
Such a calling is a sign that God is preparing you for His plan.
However, being called does not necessarily mean the road will be smooth.
We may face challenges, and we may need to be patient and trust in God’s timing.
You experience a change in your circumstances
Sometimes, God prepares us for His plan by changing our circumstances.
The change may be sudden, or it may happen gradually.
The change could involve a new job, a new relationship, or a new place to live.
Although the change may be uncomfortable at first, it can also be a sign that God is leading you toward His plan.
You receive confirmation from others
Sometimes, God uses people around us to confirm His plan for us.
You may receive encouragement from your friends, family, or church community.
This encouragement may come in the form of a prayer, a kind word, or a sign from God.
Such confirmation can help you to feel more confident in pursuing God’s plan for your life.
You feel peace and joy in your heart
When you are walking in God’s plan for your life, you will likely feel peace and joy in your heart.
Even if the path is challenging, you will have a sense of fulfillment and purpose that comes from doing what God has called you to do.
When you feel this joy and peace, you will know that God is preparing you for His plan.
You may face opposition
When God prepares us for His plan, there may be opposition from the enemy.
The devil will do anything to distract us from God’s purpose for our lives.
We may face doubt, fear, or temptation. However, we must remind ourselves that God is greater than any opposition.
We can overcome any obstacle with God’s help and continue to follow His plan for our lives.
God often uses difficult situations to prepare and refine us.
Although trials can leave us feeling hopeless or discouraged, they are opportunities to grow and develop our faith.
When we lean on God, we can trust that He is using our struggles for a greater good.
Scripture reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Clarity and Peace
A sense of clarity and peace can signify God’s direction and preparation in your life.
Sometimes, it can be disorienting to make important decisions or transitions in our lives.
However, if you feel the burden of uncertainty lift, that is a clear indication that you are poised for movement in the right direction.
Pray for contentment that comes from the Lord, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Passion and talents align
God uses our passions, talents, and gifts to prepare us for His work.
When God prepares us, He often confirms His plans by aligning our passions and skills to His purpose.
If you feel like God is calling you, pay attention to the things that stir your heart, and give you a sense of purpose.
Proverbs 16:9 reminds us that, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Preparation is ongoing
Finally, it is important to remember that God’s preparation is ongoing.
Our lives don’t necessarily follow a neat, linear path and the journey can take unexpected turns.
God’s hands are always at work and His plans for us are long-term.
When we embrace the uncertainty of our journey in faith, we can trust that God is preparing us for a purpose only He knows.
God preparation is ongoing and always for your good.
Trust in Him and your path will become clearer with time.
Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Trust in that, and you are sure to find success in your journey.
God has a plan for every Christian.
We must trust in His guidance and know that He is preparing us for His plan.
Whether we feel a calling, experience a change in our circumstances, receive confirmation from others, feel peace and joy in our hearts, or face opposition, we must remember that God is with us every step of the way.