What does God want me to do with my life? This is a common and legitimate question that you may have heard someone ask. When God has shaped us, placed passions in us, brought various experiences into our lives and given us gifts, it is a good question to ask. At the heart of it is a desire to honour God.
Yet, at times it can seem like God is not providing the opportunities we would expect. Perhaps you have all the qualifications but no one will give you a job. You are under qualified for one position, and you are over qualified for another position. You go for job after job interview and still nothing. So you wonder what God is doing.
Perhaps you have dreams and hopes that you are not ready to give up? Perhaps you feel that God has placed them there and you don’t want to give up on them just yet?
What do you do if God is not giving you the opportunity to do the thing you believe he is calling you to do? How long do you hold onto the fantasy of what could be?
Solomon wrote two almost identical proverbs which speak to this in some small way.
Proverbs 12: 11
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
Proverbs 28: 19
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
This is not suggesting that we shouldn’t have hopes and dreams. Nor is it suggesting we abandon them completely, but there a practical and important point he is making. Take advantage of the opportunities you have today. What opportunities is God giving you right now to earn? God is in our present just as much as he is in our future. Todays working the land may present the opportunity for tomorrow’s dream. At the very least, it provides a chance to glorify God today.