Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
Today, I woke up with the word “PURPOSE” on my mind. Not exactly sure why, so I spent a far amount of time researching its meaning, then I let the word just dance around my thoughts. I believe wholeheartedly that I was created on purpose and with a purpose. God is my creator, He gave me wonderful parents who raised me with love, rules and faith. Throughout my life I am able to see God’s handiwork as a beautiful tapestry of people, places and presence. The presence of God was always with me, even when I would run away. You see, God’s love for me is not dependent upon what I do, absolutely not. I have ran away from God, walked away from God and tried life on my terms…always a mistake. My joy is found in God, I have joy because of God and I want to share my joy because of God. The Bible clearly says I am His child and my purpose is His purpose, to bring glory to God. No one will ever love me more than God, my parent certainly loved me as much as God. I have been blessed to have been loved by more than I feel worthy of on some days. My hope is that you know the love of God, below are some of my thoughts on “PURPOSE” as looked within myself today.
What Gives You Purpose?
- Knowing I am a child of God
- Taking pictures of nature
- Driving in the country
- Listening to music
- Writing about life
- Sharing my faith
- Sitting in silence
- Helping others
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”Colossians 3:23 ESV
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”Philippians 1:6 ESV
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”Proverbs 19:21 ESV
What Is Your Purpose?
- Be kind
- Trust God
- Love others
- Listen to God
- Care for family
- Care for friends
- Be hope for others
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6 ESV
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.”Ephesians 1:11 ESV
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
Do You Do Things With Purpose?
- I am generally optimistic
- I am open to new possibilities
- I am passionate about writing
- I strive to live with intentionally
- I am intentional with my finances
- I encourage my friends and family
- I am intentional in my relationships
- I am supportive in the goals of others
- I am energized through helping others
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”Proverbs 21:5 ESV
“A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”Psalm 100:1-5 ESV
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28 ESV
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
Bible Study Tools
(Heb. yaas [[“y]; Gk. boule [boulhv]). The Old Testament. The verbal root of the Hebrew word for purpose means to give counsel, deliberate, purpose, or determine. In five passages where the noun appears, four refer to God’s purpose and one to the purpose of a person’s heart ( Prov 19:21 ; 20:5 ; Isa 46:10-11 ; Jer 32:19 ). God’s plans stand firm forever ( Psalm 33:11 ); his purpose will stand ( Isa 46:10 ). What God intends, what he has in mind, what he purposes and plans, what he pleases — these together give the basis for a theology of history. God stands in the center of history as One who Acts. He has a goal in what he does. Nothing can thwart his plan. His purpose is consistently related to what he does in the world.
Two key passages in Isaiah reveal how God will carry out his purpose to deliver his people from darkness and oppression. Isaiah 9:6 refers to the “Wonderful Counselor” who will reign on David’s throne and administer justice and righteousness forever. Isaiah 11:2 refers to the stump of Jesse who will be given “the Spirit of counsel and of power.”
The New Testament. While David served God’s purpose as ruler over Israel ( Acts 13:36 ), the Pharisees and legal experts reject God’s purpose for them and refuse to submit to John’s baptism ( Luke 7:30 ).
It was by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge that Jesus was handed over to death at the hands of wicked people ( Acts 2:23 ). His power and will decided that critical, necessary salvific event beforehand ( 4:28 ).
A key passage is Epheisans 1:9-11. Paul explains that God works out everything brings all things under Christ in conformity with the purpose of his will. The whole economy of God is linked with his purpose.
Paul understands that the believer’s part in the people of God is not an accident or random phenomenon, but part of the divine purpose from the very beginning of time ( Rom 8:28-29 ). God’s purpose is specifically characterized by the words “foreknew” and “predestined.”
The good pleasure that God purposed in Christ has now been put into effect and will be seen in its completion when he sums up all things in Christ. In the meantime, however, God has called his people to live a holy life because of his own purpose and grace a grace given before the beginning of time in Christ Jesus, but now revealed in the Savior’s appearing.—Walter M. Dunnett
“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
— Ephesians 5:18b-20 (NIV) —
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.