We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails. (Proverbs 19:21 MSG)
Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church, always says “You were made on purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose.” Whether you believe it or not, God has a purpose for your life and He’s going to do whatever it takes to fulfill it. You can either fight it, allow it to happen, or help the process along. Either way you slice it, there is two things that is true that we can take from the passage above about the purpose of God for your life.
1) You can’t stop it.
No matter what plans, dreams, or aspirations you have made for your life; God’s purpose is going to happen. God has a purpose and you need to ask Him how your life fits into that purpose. You don’t believe me. Just look at the life of Jonah. God told Jonah to go preach to the people of Nineveh, but Jonah wanted to do something else in his life. It took a storm, being thrown overboard, and then being swallowed up by a giant fish in order for Jonah to finally submit to God’s purpose for his life. Take Paul’s life for example. He was on his way to Damascus so that he could kill the Christians there, but God knocked him off his horse and blinded him. So many times we find ourselves fighting against God in order that we might attain our own plans, dreams, and desires. We find ourselves going through storms, being swallowed up by life’s circumstances, being thrown off of our horse, and blinded from the truth. You can either do it the hard way or you can do it God’s way, the choice is yours.
2) Others can’t stop it.
We tend to get discouraged, depressed, and destroyed when other people shut the doors of opportunities in our lives and when no one approves, agrees, or accepts what we believe God has called us to do in life. We lose all hope when everything we attempt in order to attain what God has for us in life, others keep preventing. It might look like they have denied God’s purpose from happening in your life, but they can only delay it. Just because someone shuts a door, says no, or doesn’t approve of what you’re doing; doesn’t mean you have been denied, you have only been delayed. Take Joseph’s life into account. His brothers threw him into a pit, sold him into slavery, and he was put in prison; but all of that only delayed God’s purpose. Do you find yourself being thrown into a pit of despair, being held captive, or being tossed into the prison of hopelessness by others? Rejoice because your salvation is near. Paul tells us that these light and momentary afflictions are working for us a far better eternal glory (See 2 Corinthians 4:17).
So don’t try to stop it and don’t worry about what others do. When all is said and done, God’s purpose will be the last thing standing.