God’s plan and will for our lives can sometimes be a little cryptic. Believe it or not, God has a specific purpose for you. You were created with a purpose and for a purpose.
These bible verses on God’s plan will help you discern the voice of God, navigate your life choices, give you direction, and stay encouraged.
Whether you’re making a difficult decision or just wanting to know God’s will for you in general, spending time in prayer and focusing on solid biblical principles will help you stay on track.
One thing we know for sure is that if something’s directly contradictory to the teachings of the bible, then it’s not God’s plan for your life.
Keep that in mind as you make any and all life decisions.
For I know the Plans I Have For You verse
Jeremiah 29:11 “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.
*This is the most well known and quoted bible verse on God’s plan in the bible. I encourage you to commit it to memory so it is always with you.
Here’s a great talk on the topic by Steven Furtick
Other Bible Verses On God’s Plans
Psalms 33:11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do. Click To Tweet
2 Corinthians 8:21 Our purpose is to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of others.
2 Timothy 2:23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Nick Vujicic, the man with no arms and legs, has an incredible perspective on this topic.
Verses on How to Know God’s Will and Purpose
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Click To Tweet
Romans 8:27-28 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (28) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Click To Tweet
Ephesians 5:15-18 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, (16) making the most of your time, because the days are evil. (17) So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (18) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit…
Mark 3:35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.
Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Click To Tweet
Psalms 48:14 That this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.
Matthew 6:10 …your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
1 Peter 2:15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. Click To Tweet
1 Thessalonians 4:3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
John 6:40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
Verses on God’s Plan for the Future
James 4:13-17 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Proverbs 23:18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 16:4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end– even the wicked for a day of disaster.
Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Click To Tweet
Psalms 33:11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Joshua 18:3 So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has given you?”
God’s Plan on How to Live
Before knowing specifically what your purpose is, what you were created for, you must accept that there are some expectations God has of every believer.
Following his plan for righteous living will help you be in a better spiritual position to understand God’s specific purpose for you.
1 Timothy 2:4 Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Click To Tweet
Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Psalms 37:23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;
Ephesians 4:1-2 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Click To Tweet
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (17) The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
Philippians 2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Seek to Understand and Hear God’s Plan
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”Luke 11:28 He replied, Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. Click To Tweet
Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Click To Tweet
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Mark 4:24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.
John 8:47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. Click To Tweet
Seek God’s Will Through Fasting
Sometimes, when facing a really difficult decision or when you’re at then end of your emotionally and spiritual rope, you may want to consider prayer and fasting to discern the will of God.
Fasting has a way of silencing the noise of this world and allowing your spirit to focus on God’s still small voice.
Nehemiah 1:4 When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Luke 2:37 …and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.
Ezra 8:23 So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.Ezra 8:23 So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer. Click To Tweet
Psalm 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting, And my prayer kept returning to my bosom
Psalm 69:10 When I wept in my soul with fasting, It became my reproach.
Acts 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Daniel 9:3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.
Sometimes God’s Plan is for You to Wait
(For God’s Perfect Timing)
Wait or take action? It’s hard to say. At times in our life, it’s important to wait on God. You can’t change God’s timetable and his timing is perfect.
I have a hard time waiting and some people wait too long. I try to wait until I think I know the direction he wants me to go, then I pray that he will open the doors I am to walk through and close the doors that he wants closed.
This has been a powerful prayer for me because regardless of human will, no matter what we do, if God closes a door it will remain closed.
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Click To Tweet
Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Habakkuk 2:3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Click To Tweet
Acts 1:7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”
At the end of the day, God’s plan for you is very personal. You were created with purpose and for a purpose.
What are your strengths? What are your passions?
We are the hands and feet of God.
Romans 12:4-5 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
I wish you the best in discerning God’s Plan for your life. When you start walking in your purpose, you’ll have more peace, more joy, and more hope.
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Jason and Daniele