What if we got what we asked for?

August 26, 2015

man with arms open in field


by Crys Gorman


A common question in the Christian walk is to ask “God, what is your will for my life?” But what if He actually showed us the answer?


In Genesis 6:17 (NIV), God tells Noah, “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.Noah responds with, “Excuse me while I have a small panic attack.”


Confession-I’m just guessing that was Noah’s response. But put yourself in Noah’s shoes…God just revealed His plans and they weren’t exactly comforting! Noah was about to face the biggest challenge of his entire life, and he gets to hear all the details in advance. What if God really did answer us when we ask what His plan for our lives and ministry are?


What if He laid it all out, told us all about the trials and challenges we would face? What if we knew five years from now we would be diagnosed with cancer or have a child with a life-changing disease or be betrayed ruthlessly by a colleague or be disappointed by a volunteer or watch a child turn away from the Lord? Would knowing these things in advance bring us any peace?


What if He told us about the blessings and rewards we would receive, the job promotion, the platform and influence, the children’s lives that would be changed by our work, the heartache avoided down the road, the legacy we would leave? If we received the reward now, would we still work as hard later?


If we knew all these things in advance, if we truly got the answer to our questions, we would be so shocked and stunned at the scale of the miracles and challenges He has in store for us that we would be too paralyzed by fear, anxiety, and worry to fulfill them!


So instead of asking God for the details, I encourage you to strengthen your daily relationship with your Savior, whom you can trust one step at a time. Instead of asking for the details, ask for the vision for your ministry, your family, and your life. As Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The details will work themselves out, one step at a time.




About the Author: Crys Gorman serves OneHope through the development of Incredible Islands. She serves alongside her husband Matt, children’s pastor at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX, where they are passionate about the local church and reaching the next generation of leaders.

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