Purpose: “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
We all have purpose. Our lives have purpose and they have value and they have meaning.
The Lord created us– created you, for a purpose.
And we all have plans.
Lets be honest. We all have numerous plans for our lives that race around in our hearts, whether they are about our jobs, our family, travels, or even plans about how wealthy we will be or the type of house we will live in or maybe plans about what our kids will do in the future. No matter how young or old we are, we all have our own set of plans.
But lets be honest again. How many of us, when we read the verse above, get a little annoyed? Or even a little angry? I mean, if we all have our own plans, and many of them are beautiful and good plans, why does the Lord’s purpose have to prevail? Why, if our plans seem beneficial and godly, why then does the Lord have to override our plans and have His plans prevail? Are His plans really that much better than our own?
I mean, let’s face it: how many of us have had plans before that seem great, and then out of nowhere they change? Out of nowhere, we are all of a sudden on a different course, our plans suddenly changing right before our eyes. In the moment, it can be painful; it can be annoying; it can be angering, frustrating, and even frightening. Sometimes a change in plans can be good and we are filled with joy, but a lot of times, when our plans change, it’s hard to adjust and easy to become frustrated and confused.
However, if we trust the Lord like we say we do, a change in plans should always mean one thing to us: purpose.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.”
God’s purpose for us is immeasurably greater and more beautiful than we could ever imagine. We cannot understand the whole picture because we only see the here and now. We only see what’s right in front of us. But the Lord– but GOD, the Creator and the Sustainer of life, sees it all. He sees our here and now, but he also sees our future. He was at the beginning of our lives, and He’s already at the end of our lives. He knows each and every step, moment, joyous day, difficult trial, loving friendship, journey, mistake, and heartache we are going to face in our lives. He has already seen the big picture. He already knows.
He knows us. His purpose, therefore, is, and should be our true plan, meaning, value, and reason for living. His purpose is glorious. His purpose for you will always bring glory and honor to His name and will always be for your good, whether you can see it or not.
As His children, we have our own plans in our hearts, and as our Father in Heaven, He has His own plans for us which will always prevail.
His plans are perfect and good and righteous for us, and this should give us a new sense of security and peace because with His purpose (if we truly believe it is perfect), we cannot fail.
So rest in the promise that He is faithful and that His purpose for you is good.
We all have our own plans, and it’s good to have plans for your life. But it’s also wise to be at peace with the fact that plans are not concrete and can easily change. The Lord our God is forever gracious and loving and kind, and His purpose for you is beautiful because He loves you.
Do not fear. Have faith. A change in plans means purpose.
And the Lord’s purpose for you, which is full of goodness and grace–
will always prevail.
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
[2 Timothy 1:9-10]
ACTION: pray specifically that the Lord would continue to guide you and that your plans would succeed according to His purpose. And pray for the contentness in your heart that if your plans change, you would still trust the Lord and still stand firm in the truth that He has a purpose. Pray that His purpose for your life would become evident and that you would be able to walk, in faith, the path and the life He has created you for.
God loves you and is passionate about you. Be passionate about your plans, but be even more passionate about trusting the direction He takes you in and the purpose He created you for.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”