God has a purpose for you and for me. He doesn’t do anything without purpose. We can’t always see what that purpose is, but then we aren’t God, are we?
It says is Isaiah 49:1 “Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.”
Life is a Gift
Our very lives are a gift from God to us. I don’t pretend to know why God chose to create us but I do know that he did and that he did it with purpose. I believe that part of that purpose is to have a relationship with us. He loved us so much that he chose to create us. In fact, there are no two people on this planet exactly alike. Every person on this planet who ever lived or ever will live is different from every other person. I can’t even begin to think about what that number is.
Every year, on our birthdays we celebrate being born. We have our birthday parties, cake and ice cream and various celebrations, but do we every really think about how blessed we are to be hear at all? Do we take time to thank God for creating us to begin with? Most of the time it doesn’t even occur to us to thank God for the gift of life.
One thing that catches my attention in this verse is that he called us and knew our names. Before our parents even knew our names, he did. Not only that, but in Psalm 139:13 it says:
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
He not only knew our name, but he created everything about us from the inside out. He designed each one of us with different personalities, likes and dislikes, passions, interests, etc. He chose what color of hair we would have, the color of our eyes, our skin tone and our facial features and more. Every little thing that makes you – you, he designed with a purpose in mind because he doesn’t do anything without a plan or purpose.
God has a purpose for you
God is the creator and we are the creation. In the same way that an artist creates a beautiful painting or work of art, we are God’s work of art. In the same way that we want the best for our children, he wants the best for us, his children. He is the potter and we are the clay as it says in Isaiah 64:8:
” Yet you, Lord, are our Father: We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
All those qualities that are unique to you, everything about you, God wants to use to bless you and to glorify him. When an artist creates a beautiful painting, he wants it to be a blessing to those who see it, he wants it to be appreciated and he wants to get the credit for what he created. God does too. We are his canvas, his clay. He wants our lives to be full of joy. He wants our lives to be a light and to glorify him.
He knows that life isn’t always going to be easy because of sin, but he will always be there to lead us in the correct paths. He created us with love and purpose, so why would he want bad things to happen to us? Do we love our children any less when they make a mistake? No. We don’t stop loving our children no matter what they do and neither does God. Sometimes there are consequences for our actions but God still loves you. God has a purpose for you no matter what.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV states, “‘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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.'”
You must seek him
When we seek God with all our heart, he will answer us. God will guide you into his purpose for your life one step at a time. He doesn’t reveal the big picture to us, only the next step because he wants us to have faith in him and in his plan. He wants us to trust him and to not lean our own understanding, but to lean on his.
“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 NKJV
It’s not always to discover his purpose for our lives but it is worthwhile because he wants so much more than we can ever conceive or imagine for our lives in the same way that we want so much for
our own children.
When life gets hard and confusing, I try to remember that I only need enough strength for today. You see, God already knows the future. He is already there. He knows what I will be facing tomorrow and the next day and so on because he knows all. Before we were born, he knew everything about us, what we would be facing day by day because all those days were “ordained” before any of them came to pass.
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16
That doesn’t mean that he ordained all the bad things that happen in our lives, but there are consequences for our sins and the sins of others. He will, however, help you when you ask him and pray to him and seek him with your whole heart. You have to ask though.
Never forget when life gets busy or hard or even when everything seems to be going well, that God loves you and God has a purpose for you and for your life. Just take time to speak to him and share your heart with him and he will be there for you.