enJOYing The Journey
Daniel, SW Washington
The Purpose of God… does
He really have one for ME?!
I remember a season
in my life when I thought that I was “the only person on the planet that God
had NOT attached a purpose to at birth.”
It seemed to me at that time that I had “no future” and “no promise” and
“no hope”. Actually, that’s not quite the
way it was… I did think there was a reason for me to be born... I fully
believed that I was a product of my Mother’s faith (She was told that she “absolutely could not have children.”) …after
my parents both moved to heaven, although I was only in my thirties at the
time, I simply waited for death to arrive for me; I was sure that my time on
the planet must be over, as I’d completed my season of being their devoted daughter.
I am daily thankful that I no longer live in that PIT OF LIES!!
When I first heard
Miles Monroe teach on the subject of “purpose” it was something I’d never heard
before. It was a brand new revelation to me. Once I got hold of what the Bible
says about our purpose and destiny – it truly changed my thinking, and my life.
Isa 46 says that “HE brings us
from the womb and carries us along every day of our life; even when our hair is
white with age.” Then it goes
on to say that HE IS GOD and HE DOES WHAT EVER HER WANTS! I love that!!
Job 23:13-14 says… “There is one
God, who can compare to Him?! He does
everything He has in mind for me!”
Proverbs 19:21 says… “Many are the
plans in a man’s mind, but it is God’s purpose that prevails.”
All through the
Bible, we can look at people’s lives were destined to do a specific thing in
this world… and we can watch God unfold destiny for them. Noah, Abraham, Moses,
Queen Esther, David and so on; the perfect example is Joseph.
Jo seph was a shepherd boy taking care of
his Dad’s sheep… when God first spoke to him in dreams. He didn’t have full understanding of what he
would do exactly, but he did know that God’s plan must be a big one… as even his
eleven brothers’ would bow before him!! As we follow his life, in Genesis, chapters
37 - 50 we can see that he didn’t live a perfect life; there were many obstacles’
that came to discourage Joe, and many things to overcome along the way. We also
see that he never sat down and gave up!!
We can’t really say that his “eye was on the goal” – as he didn’t
even know what the “goal” was! But we
can definitely see that he did “bloom”
where EVER he was! Even in prison, the favor of God was evident
on his life, and he quickly became the head trustee. Every place he put his
foot, God gave him that land, and he succeeded! Until finally – God brought him into the place He had designed
him to be… to save the Nation of Israel!
What would have
happened to the Jewish Nation – if Joseph would have thrown himself a good old
pity-party and given up hope? What if he had decided that it just “wasn’t worth it” to follow after God,
and wait for HIM to unfold purpose and destiny to Him? What if Joseph had given
up hope? Well… I personally believe
that God would have raised someone up to take his place, because His “plans and purpose will prevail” - in
spite of us!! However God knew that Joseph would trust Him,
and that he would play a big role in the saving of his family, the nation of
Every time I look at
the life of Joseph – I am reminded that God is still GOD today – and He still
unfolds purpose before His kids, just as He did with Joseph. Joseph couldn’t see what he was moving
toward, it probably didn’t FEEL like he was moving at all!!
Any more than we can see what
tomorrow holds for us. Just like Joseph, we have to TRUST that God’s plans WILL PREVAIL – and that HE
to get us there, and… right on time!
Hab 2:2-3 in the
original Living Bible says: “…and it won’t be a single day late!!”
Our loving Heavenly
Father knows us well. If He were to give us all the details of His plans, and
how He plans to get us “there” – we’d say “Thanks
Father… I can take it from here!” And
we’d be off and running… and make a royal mess of it!! So, in His great wisdom –
He lifts the veil just enough to give us a taste of what He has in mind, and
then says… “TRUST ME” – it’ll happen!! J
As long as you have
breath in your body – there is purpose for you!!
We can TRUST HIM to
unfold His will and purpose in front of us – and wrestling with it, or trying
to figure it out, or trying to make it happen – only frustrates our carnal
minds. According to Isa 46 – it is HIS
JOB to get us to purpose; our job is simply to be willing, available and obedient.
Get to know Jesus and follow His example.
RELAX! Forget about what might come next
year or even next week… TRUST GOD to handle that!
what your hands find to do today… Wholeheartedly unto the Lord.”
§ Love GOD and love
§ Seek first the
Kingdom of God.
§ Renew your mind daily
in His Word.
§ Be a DOER of His Word. (Simply DO what God tells us to do –
in His Word).
§ Serve others. Encourage
others. Lay down your life for others.
§ “GO!” - “Into the highways’
& byways and compel others to know Jesus.
Does God have a purpose for YOU? … YES!
He absolutely does! And - according to
Jeremiah 29:11 – it is “Good!”
When we trust
His heart, and seek His face – we have confidence
hands are working in our life - to “perfect all
things that concern us.” Ps 138:8. EVEN our future, our dreams and our hopes.
Shalom! SHINE ON!!
– leaning on Jesus!