“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8 ESV
Purpose is NOT a destination
For some reason, I’ve always perceived this verse to speak exclusively of a future purpose for my life because the word “WILL” expresses a future tense—something yet to come. But I recently had a shift in perspective.
For so long I’ve been looking to the future in anticipation of what God WILL DO —so much so that I’ve failed to believe some of His purposes have ALREADY been fulfilled in the past and some ARE BEING fulfilled in my life RIGHT NOW. 🤦🏽♀️ I realized God’s PURPOSES are not destinations. They aren’t check points or platforms we arrive to. Purpose is what we step in to by our daily obedience and surrender to God.
My God-given purpose is not limited to one person, one specific place, one thing, one time or one season. Divine purpose is perpetual and expansive. It’s fluid, multifaceted, multilayered and multidimensional. It’s past, present and future. Just like God.
What is Purpose?
Purpose is what I have already lived. Purpose is what I am now living. And Purpose is what I will live in the future because my steps are ordered by God (Ps. 27:33); Proverbs 19:21). My primary purpose is to FIRST LOVE and SERVE God then —LOVE and SERVE people (Luke 10:27-28).
My other divine purposes include being a helper to my husband, a nurturer and spiritual teacher to my children, an encourager to the weary and a nurturer of hope to the hurting. It’s also to be salt and light (Mt.5:13-16). It’s to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).Purpose is not limited to a specific person, time or place. It’s not limited to my past, present or future.
Purpose is more about my ‘being’ over my ‘doing’. It’s more about my ‘abiding’ rather than my ‘arriving’ (John 15:7-9). Purpose is more complex than all of that but it’s also as simple as all of that.
Let Go of “Arriving”
If you’ve been striving to arrive to some ‘specifically named’ future purpose—-> I encourage you to start relaxing and embracing the unnamed and unknown purpose you’re already in!
Just because God’s purposes have not been revealed to you doesn’t mean they aren’t being fulfilled through you.
Recognize that God is indeed fulfilling His purposes and plans for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). It’s His promise to you. You just need to believe it BY FAITH—even though right now you can’t understand it, see it, or feel it. When you recognize the step you’re in TODAY is PURPOSE-FULL, you’ll walk in that step with more joy, peace, fulfillment and contentment.
I sure hope this helps you today. Cause Lord knows this insight helped me ❤️
Let me know how this post impacted you in the comments below. xoxox