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Dear Fred

Fred, I have tried to discover the answer to the age-old question of "What is God's will for my life?" through prayer and listening. Any advice as to how to truly "hear" His voice and not my own?

Fred's Response

I agree that too many times we think God’s voice is the echo of our own. Chambers advises us to dedicate ourselves and go about our work in a common sense way unless He restrains us. I have observed that many young people think that God’s will for them is that they be an extra special person. Most of us will be foot soldiers, not generals. Have you looked at your unique abilities, your talents and your desires? Those will be indicators of God’s direction for you. Sometimes our lives will achieve our greatest purpose at the time without our knowing it. For example, Mordecai Hamm was conducting the service when Billy Graham went forward. I am sure he didn’t know at the time that he had just reached one of God’s greatest servants. You don’t always immediately know God’s purpose for your life. You just have to be willing to do it and in that willingness you are doing it. Remember, in God’s sovereignty He doesn’t need us, but He loves us and lets us work for His glory.