I can worry too much about missing out on what God has planned for my life. Even though I’m now in my upper fifties, I can second guess my decisions on how I spend my time, worried I might do something that is not in God’s plan for my life.
It’s not a good way to be thinking, and I’m guessing you may understand. I know in theory that God will fulfill His purpose for you and for me! Yet I can stumble into the fear I may miss out on His purpose for my life.
When I think back to times when I just jumped in without second guessing, when I stopped worrying if I heard God right, I felt I was exactly where I was suppose to be. Like the time I facilitated my first prayer retreat, when I led 20 women to soak in the Psalms on a crisp September Saturday morning.
Although my introvert tendencies and my soft voice has me avoiding large groups, I led this group of ladies with a gentle assertiveness, trusting that God would accomplish His purpose for each of them. As the retreat came to it’s end, our voices raised in song, I heard His whisper: “Job well done, my faithful servant.”
I’m so thankful I allowed myself to jump in and experience God’s presence that morning.
How do you know God has a purpose for you?
The bible is full of stories of people living out their purpose. Often, though, their story is not formed by their own pre-made plans. For example, Joseph, son of Jacob, was sold to slavery to later become ruler of the land of Egypt. (Genesis 37 – 50) Planned by Joseph? Unlikely!
Yet, God has a purpose for everything and He will accomplish His purpose no matter what! — even if we plan (and worry) if we are fulfilling our purpose.
God has a purpose for everything
The Lord works out everything to its proper end – even the wicked for a day of disaster. Proverbs 16:4
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
Joseph experienced evil from his brothers, from false allegations against him, and from experiencing seven years of famine, yet God brought good out of Joseph’s bad situation. God works out everything for His purpose even though our situations are not what we planned. We can trust Him to work-out His purpose for our lives.
What does the bible say about how God will fulfill His purpose for you?
As we get older, the days between our school days, our first date, our first job, our first child, our first grandchild…grow, and we may question our time spent and how to spend our time to come. How do we fully embrace our purpose, leaving our worry behind that we are not where we are suppose to be?
Rest assured, God’s purpose of bringing salvation to the world cannot be blocked. Our role is to commit our time to Him, trusting Him to work everything out according to His purpose for all!
God will fulfill His purpose
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will. Ephesians 1:11
Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
We make goals, then plans, then intentionally schedule our time to work toward the finishing line. But what happens when our plans do not go as expected? Instead of worrying if we are no longer fulfilling our purpose, we can depend on God to work out the ending according to His plan.
Committing what we do to the Lord means to work at it while trusting God will fulfill His purpose. God has the future in His hands.
Rest assured, God will fulfill His purpose for you.
I know I’ve missed out on opportunities because I’ve been worried I’m not following God’s purpose for me. It’s especially sad, because I know deep down there is nothing I can do that will thwart God’s purpose!
Yet, I chose to stand back instead of choosing to step in faith. Let’s embrace the opportunities God presents us; let’s trust that joy we feel when we are doing something; let’s trust God in all our circumstances even when our best laid plans are going sideways.
Let’s rest assured, His purpose will prevail.
No need to worry, my friend. Breathe in God.
God will fulfill His purpose for you.
Because He knows the world needs you….
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
What makes your heart sing? Reflecting on the activities that bring us joy helps us to renew, refresh, and rediscover our passions.
Download, print, and fill up the hearts with activities that make your heart sing! Do you see a common thread?