Is there any one of us that hasn’t, at some point in their life, felt like there was no real purpose to your life? You move through each day, doing mundane, expected tasks, but still feel like there is no goal to what you are doing.
In my life, that’s when I was doing everything by my purpose and my strength. I really didn’t think about how it might affect anyone or anything else.
It wasn’t until I found a real relationship with Jesus Christ that this all changed. I finally realized that my purpose and my strength was totally useless. It did me no good, it did no one else any good and it definitely did nothing to glorify God.
My purpose and my strength is just not enough, but it doesn’t have to be! God has a perfect plan for me and will bring it forth through HIS strength! He doesn’t need mine! He just needs me to be obedient… Well now. That can be a tough one. Obedience is “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.” In my experience, to be submissive, I have to set aside my pride and rely totally on another. (God) This isn’t always an easy thing to do.
For me, it’s only when I set aside that pride and submit to God that I gain true freedom. He can take my fear, my anger and my weakness and turn it to courage, joy and strength. He can change my focus from myself to others, who may just need encouragement and know that someone cares. Suddenly, my life does have purpose!
Sometimes, I question still everything. I can’t understand why things happen. Bad things happen to good people. Devastating illnesses happen to people I love and I fall on my knees and ask “Why”?? Fortunately, we have an all-powerful and loving God who loves and understands me, even when I don’t.
Circumstances color things so they are not clear to us. What I have very slowly come to understand though, is that I don’t have to understand everything. God can use all things and turn them to good. Just because I don’t understand or see His plan doesn’t mean He doesn’t have one.
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t pray for wisdom, discernment and direction in where GOD wants me to go. Sometimes the answer isn’t a big loud “go forth”, but a subtle nudge in a particular direction. I may have an urge to make a phone call or to stop by and see someone or to send a card. I trust that the call, visit or card is all in God’s perfect timing.
God has a purpose for your life. He has had a plan for you since before He formed you in your mother’s womb. Shhh! Listen closely!
In His light,
The Daniel Plan
“Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” —Genesis 41:38
We can’t judge our potential by our circumstances. God may be shaping us to do something powerful in his service. For example, Joseph spent much of his young adulthood as a slave in Egypt after his jealous brothers sold him to some slave traders. If he had judged his potential by those circumstances, he would have been discouraged indeed.
But God had plans for Joseph. He used a chance meeting in prison to propel Joseph into the service of Egypt’s Pharaoh. Pharaoh recognized the spirit of God in Joseph, and Joseph became the number two man in the nation. He devoted his talents to planning for a famine that would have killed tens of thousands in Egypt and the surrounding nations. God used him to save countless lives, including those of the family who had sold him. God has purposes for your life that you may not see yet. Don’t underestimate what he can do with someone whose life is yielded to his service.