Have you ever asked yourself, “Why was I put on this earth? What is my purpose? What is God’s plan for my life?”
I have pondered these questions many times. Usually it’s when a life altering event has taken place or when everything appears to be in total chaos. But sometimes, it is during times of simple trials and challenges where my faith is just being tested. This leads to seeing things through my eyes and trying to figure it all out on my own.
As I cry these questions out to The Lord, He answers me with my favorite scripture of hope: Jeremiah 29:11 “ ‘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.’ ”
As I read this scripture, I imagine Him reaching for me with arms wide open. He is pleading with me to come and find rest in Him and telling me to just trust Him because He knows the plans He has for me. He is the God who knows all things. He is the God who created all things. He knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb. His plans for me are to give me a hope and future. On this truth, I rest assured.
I am also reminded that the way I see things are not the way He sees them. Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “ ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ ” says the Lord. “ ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ ”
When I try to figure things out from my perspective, there is no peace of God that covers me. I can’t possibly even come close to the His ways. My ways have boundaries, His ways are boundless. My ways are limited to what I know, He knows all things and so His ways are limitless. My ways are finite, His ways are infinite. I find comfort in knowing that He is in control.
Throughout times of doubting my purpose, questioning why and pulling away from all that I know, God has always brought to my memory this simple truth in Hebrews 13:5: He will never leave me or forsake me. God will always direct my path and lead me to where I need to be. I only need to cling to His words and trust in Him, then my peace is restored.
No matter what the situation is or how far from His purpose I feel I am, when I think of these three profound truths: He has a plan to prosper me, His way of doing things far exceed anything I could come up with and He will never leave me, I know He is for me and I will succeed in Him. His words keep my thinking in alignment with His thinking and allow me to see all things through His perspective, through His eyes.
What is your purpose? What is God calling you to do? What scriptures are giving you a hope to hold onto when you become discouraged?