By Brooke Holt
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.” Psalm 139:16-18
How do you discern your life purpose, calling, and unique gift to this world? This is the million-dollar question. Book distributors have realized that and have made great profits in the numerous published books addressing this question. Many of those books are quite helpful and worth reading. However, answers may or may not come through vigorous reading and studying.
Where can you turn if you cannot find answers about your life purpose in these bestsellers? To God himself, to his book, and to abiding in him. God saw your unformed self. Even before he put shape to your being, he had plans and thoughts about you. Before you took your first breath, God was thinking of you and crafting a plan for your life. The psalmist here marvels again: “How precious are your thoughts, O God!” (Verse 17). God’s thoughts of you are not random or occasional; you are certainly not an afterthought. Instead, the psalmist writes that God’s thoughts of you are more than the sand (verse 18). Have you ever counted the grains of sand on your favorite beach? I sure haven’t but rest in the fact that no one has. It far surpasses our human ability, but it does not surpass God’s ability.
The Lord sees you constantly, knows you completely, and thinks of you always. Beyond these precious truths is that he has a plan for your days and your life. You are not random but planned. As Mordecai spoke to Esther, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). God surely knows. And yes, he did use Esther to save his people from destruction.
Now, he wants to use you. He has a plan for you, a good plan that will build his kingdom, use your gifts, and bring you joy. It may not be easy, but God’s plans are good. He is with you, and he is for you. Just as an earthly father loves to bless his children, so does your heavenly Father love to bless you.
You are here for such a time as this! What has God called you to do? Are you seeking him? Are you seeking his will? Are you surrendering your plans and asking that he reveal his plans? There is no greater joy than walking in God’s plan for your life. May you turn to him today to discover those plans, and then may you walk in obedience to his good and perfect will for you.
Do you know and believe God has good plans for you? Are you daily seeking those plans and living into them? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
In our six-week small group Bible study on the book of 1 John, you are invited to live and celebrate true life in Christ. Throughout his first letter, John wrestles with the assurance of salvation. How do we know that we are genuine Christians, and how can we recognize authentic faith in others? The Apostle John taught that you can enjoy full assurance through believing in the incarnate Son of God, walking in the light of obedience, and loving God and his children. Embark on this study with us today!
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