Purpose has been on my mind recently. My purpose/our purpose, what is important? What is not? Purpose, purpose, purpose..Why do I exist? Does it matter where we are? What is it all about?
I mean, I know my basic purpose is to worship God and to glorify Him. But how does that work out in practice? What am I doing here in Ireland?
I thought I’d actually ask Him and do a little biblical looking up on what God says on this. This is what I found – basically, I did the most basic study ever which was to look up the passages with the word purpose in them. Then, I kept thinking of other passages that related to them or the subject and surprise! It’s all about God’s purposes, not mine! All we need to do is submit!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8)
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)
In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:5-6)
Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. (James 4:7-10).
In other words, come to God with honesty, admit failures and wrongdoings, don’t hide behind facade, he knows you. Honour him. He will lift you!
There are so many more verses I could quote, but this has done me so much good. Just looking and reading and remembering once again that my purpose is just to abide in God, through Jesus. That everything else comes from that place… simplistic view maybe, but I like that.
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Proverbs 3:5-8 My go to verses for life. Very simplistic. It’s not about what we have to do. It’s difficult to put into words but far more restful than we imagine. It’s all God. Therefore it’s not about us. So we can let go and just live, knowing He lives through us. It’s not about the doing. And that’s so easy to miss. We can’t see how we can not do. We have to worship, we have to pray, we have to read our Bible …. and on … and on …
And it all got too much for me. I constantly felt like I wasn’t doing enough. I suffered unbelievable anxiety and fear. I needed to let go but couldn’t. Because … What if ? What if I was wrong? What if Jesus left me? What if I didn’t go to Heaven? And on… and on …
And I let go …. I stopped making myself pray, I stopped studying my Bible, I stopped going to church, I stopped worshipping. Because it was all made up ideas of what I had to do to worship an idea I had of God. And once I let go of all that, the space opened up for God to show me who He really is. Because “If we go to the right or the left we will hear a voice behind us saying, this is the way, walk in it”
So I let go, and trust, and simply be, knowing that He directs my steps. It’s not all easy and bliss, and sometimes I forget, and panic, but ultimately, unless I let go of what I believe, I can’t receive that which God wants to reveal.
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Completely identify with all of that. Love to you.