Purpose for Your Life- Part 1
“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[b]
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
11 But the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.”
We all want to understand the purpose that God has for our lives. I don’t think this is age specific. Many people live their entire life not feeling like they ever discover what that purpose is.
I took a moment to jot down some of the specific verbs found in Psalm 37: “trust”, “do”, “delight”, “commit”, “be (still)”, “refrain”, “inherit”… do any of those verbs sound exhausting? Do they drain you of energy, keep you up worrying at night? The work side of this falls firmly at the feet of the Father. We are simply supposed to trust Him, do what He says, delight in Him, commit, be, refrain and inherit; and verse 5 tells us, “He will act.” Now, that sounds quite wonderful to me.
Purpose is defined as, “the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists.”
Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory…”
Ultimately, the reason for which we exist is to bring Him glory.
Purpose isn’t as much a destination as it is a process. When we view purpose correctly, it gives us the strength to weather storms, to endure pain and to hope in every season. Because it’s no longer just a proverbial place we’ll end up some day, but is a daily positioning of the heart, fully yielded to Him, present in the moment, finding Him and bringing Him glory in everything we do.
We will wear ourselves out trying to “find” our purpose, but when we seek Him first and find Him, the rest will be added and He acts on our behalf!
No matter how your season looks currently, be it full of joy and abundance, or if it’s all you can do to go at it another day, there is purpose for you right now in this moment! Don’t wait to live “until”…fill in the blank…! Cease striving and be filled with hope knowing that, “He who calls you is faithful, He will surely do it.” (1Thess. 5:24)
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