Purpose: Finding Comfort in Understanding and Reflection

For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen. Romans 11:36 (NLT)

The Source of All Things is in Control

Find Your Purpose with God in Control - A Studio 1-37 imageAs I write this week a new president is in line to lead the United States. Many people may find comfort in this candidate and purposes where others find concern with the future. Whatever side you may reside upon, even if undecided, there is one thing we all must remember; God is the source of all things and He is in control. It is His power that sustains and rules the world. He works all things out to bring glory to Himself and because of this He deserves our praise. To find comfort we need to look no further than to understand that God alone holds absolute power and wisdom. This knowledge not only reflects His purpose but ours.

Understanding and Reflecting Purpose Through the Glory

If God holds absolute power, then it stands to reason that there is nothing that He can’t do. Young Timmy thought so. He was on his way by airplane to visit his grandparents, when a man seated beside him noted that he was reading a Sunday school take-home paper. The man just so happened to be a seminary professor and decided to joke with the child. ”Young man, said the professor, ”If you can tell me something God can do, I’ll give you a big, shiny apple.” The boy thought for a moment and then replied, ”Mister, if you can tell me something God can’t do, I’ll give you a whole barrel of applies!” (Today in the Word, 1989) There is comfort in knowing that not only does God’s purpose prevail but that His omnipotence means He can do anything, right?

Well this isn’t exactly correct. There are many things God can’t do and that is also something we should find comfort in. God can’t contradict Himself or act out of character. He holds perfect moral character and He can’t deny it. He also can’t be unloving, random, unjust, or inconsistent. This is why He can’t dismiss sin without an atonement so He sent His son to die for the ultimate redemption of our sins. He can’t be unfaithful or unjust in forgiving of confessed sins through faith and within keeping of all the promises He made. God’s power, His omnipotence, is of the greatest strength and it is through this that makes it impossible for Him to digress into any type of imperfection. (Packer, 1986)

Thoughts, Choices, and Actions through Purpose

Take a moment and reflect upon the fact that it is impossible for God to be imperfect. He makes everything, which also includes us, for Himself. So all that is made by Him is for Him and His purpose alone. Because of His inability to be unloving He extends mercy to everyone. So as we find comfort in that knowledge, we also discover our purpose to reflect Him in our thoughts, choices, and actions.

There is a challenge living for what can’t be seen and instead to live by faith knowing that God is above all. Convictions through the belief of and in God create a desire to serve Him over the world. You can find the motivation and drive to glorify Him above all other by recognizing that He is in full control during all times even when the world seems out of control. And it is through this that comfort abounds. For as you reflect through your understanding and purpose you realize that He cares deeply about the creation that He created in His own image. He wants so badly for you to have life that He sent His son for your sins’ atonement. The belief and acceptance of this provides you eternal life.

So understand and reflect your purpose every moment by praising Him and His power for it is in His glory that you can serve forever!

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

The glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.

C.S. Lewis

Extra Study

Isaiah 43:7, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Revelation 4:11

Credits
Packer, J. (1986). Your Father Loves You. Wheaton: Harold Shaw Publishers.

Today in the Word. (1989, April). Today in the Word, 43.

What are your thoughts? Join Us in Discussion

Do you recognize that God is in complete control? Do you find it difficult to totally depend upon Him recognizing that He is the source of all things? Have you truly reflected upon the knowledge that His power rules the world and that it is only through Him that you have real purpose? Join us in discussion on glorifying God through your true purpose in life.

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