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What is God’s plan for your life? This is the question millions of people ask themselves. It’s the reason why Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life was a bestseller. Before you can ask what God purpose is for you, I think we need to ask ourselves who God is, His character, His goals.
Do you see God an some all-loving, all-seeing, Santa Claus type character in the sky? Ask and you shall receive… While God is love, He is also a lot more than that. God is holy and perfection is His standard.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Pick up a book or listen to a sermon from any number of famous preachers and you’ll hear this verse taken to the extreme. Many preach the gospel of ease, comfort and pleasure as being God’ goal for our lives. God wants you to have that dream job, dream house, and make lots of money. He wants us to be free from heartache, disappointment and disease. Are you still waiting for your breakthrough? Do you think that if you just keep that positive attitude, God’ going to shower His blessings upon you?
The truth is that God’s goal for your life is not happiness but holiness. Consider Hebrews 12:7-11. 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
We are only true sons and daughters of God when we go through the difficult times because it is during those struggles that we learn how to depend more fully on God. It is when we learn to cling to His word, run to His strong tower, and submit our will to His. My favorite part is the end where it promises a “harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Beware of ANYONE who tickles your ears with fancy words of emotional goodness, puffing you up with false inspiration and hopes of an easy life. Stay clear of emotional hype and sermons with pithy sayings. Instead, surround yourself with humble children of God who you can enter into conversation with, bouncing your concerns and struggles off of. Learn how to become One Body Strong.