Even before conception, each of us is given a divinely appointed purpose.
“Before I formed you in your mother’s body I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart to serve me…” Jeremiah 1:5
Whether we choose to pursue that purpose is our choice, but rest assured, as long as you are breathing God will pursue, challenge, lead, guide and do everything He can to help you realize your divine purpose.
Maybe you were born into the home of a pastor (like me) or lived in a home where the very existence of God was discredited. Perhaps addictions, depression or anger issues plaque your life.
Being awkwardly shy, paralyzed by fear or a struggle with health issues may be your adversity. Know this, it doesn’t matter. There is still a DIVINELY APPOINTED PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
I have been married more times than I care to mention, suffered addictions, battled depression and endured financial loss (and much more). Yet, I continue to stand strong as I redefine, reshape and continually amend God’s appointed purpose for my broken life.
We were born into sin which means from the day of our birth the odds were stacked against us. The good news is: THEN CAME JESUS. He redeemed us at the cross and recovered not only our purpose for life on this earth but has also given us a glimpse of our eternal inheritance based on His promises.
One thing is certain; you will NEVER find your (divine) purpose until you put Jesus in the driver seat of your life, and that can be difficult for us to do. We like to control.
If you are like me, you take pride in making your own choices and being in the driver’s seat. Who better to navigate the direction and purpose of life other than ourselves (allow me to insert a LOL here). Been there done that and let’s just say it didn’t work out so well.
Making ourselves the designated driver usually spawns a multitude of consequences that cause us to question if taking a passenger seat might be a better choice. We discover our driving skills aren’t as adept as we thought. We hit potholes, make wrong turns, miss road signs and drift into other lanes as we navigate through life’s roadways.
“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
This scripture reaffirms that God calls you to a purpose—to do good works—“tailor-made” just for you. And He gifts each of us with all we need to accomplish that purpose.
The roadmap to purpose
Many are the plans (roadmaps) in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose (roadmap) that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)
- To live with a God driven purpose, we must first accept that our desires aren’t necessarily God’s desire for us.
- It’s possible your purpose is to hold an ordinary job with other ordinary people doing extraordinary work for God. Our divine purpose may not be glamorous to others, but when viewed through the eyes of God it is counted as priceless.
- Dissatisfaction can sometimes be a road sign that we are outside of God’s will and that He has another purpose for us. God doesn’t send a thunderbolt to reveal His divine guidance to us. It comes through unfeigned prayer and an unquenchable desire to read, understand and apply God’s Word in our everyday life. Quite honestly, it’s a commitment on our part.
- Ask God to show you the things that move you and make a list. Know this; He wants you to discover His purpose for you more than you do.
- Keep in mind your purpose is not just about you; it’s about what God wants to do through you.
- Take time to LISTEN to that inner voice; I call it “voice of the soul”. God speaks is through thoughts or impressions He gives us. God can’t do this when we are rushing around, stressed out, too busy, straining to make things happen for ourselves.
God speaks through His Word, our thoughts, conversations with others and our circumstances.
There are times in my life when I struggle to know God’s divine purpose for me. Just when I believe I have found it, unexpected circumstances or a dramatic shift occurs that sends me into a tailspin and asking “Now what?”
Often, those ‘now what’ moments are an extension of God’s divine purpose for our life. He changes the divine roadmap and reroutes us in preparation for something greater. Sometimes that detour involves heartache, loss and sacrifices beyond our understanding. Yet one truth remains constant and unchanging—God’s love for us and desire to work all things for our good according to HIS purpose.
Trust God to lead you where he wants you to go. As Psalm 23:2-3 says,
“He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
You may feel confused, but God doesn’t. He knew YOU and the plan for your life while you were formed in the womb. God has called you to a purpose and wants you to walk in it — for others and for your own joy.
Heavenly Father, I desire to find your divine purpose but circumstances of life are clouding my view. I give you the driver’s seat of my life and commit to seeking your purpose, not mine. Slow me down to listen to the voice of my soul.