by: Carole L. Haines
Elusive as the water that drips down, down, down from the waterspout during a rain; flooding out, soaking the ground, then vanishing into the unknown expanse beneath our feet. This is how purpose feels for me right now; elusive, fleeting, undefinable. I’m at an in-between time, having been called away from one thing, but not quite in the other yet. Like Moses standing on the Shore of the Red Sea, I have not raised the staff and commanded the waters to part. God needs to be the one to do that for me, I don’t have that kind of power. Yet I sensed God revealing to my heart this morning that my purpose doesn’t ebb and flow with the continual changes and uncertainty of my life. He is My purpose, whatever it is He has for me this moment, this hour, this day; that is my purpose.
The world seems to misunderstand this call to surrender that we as believers yield to. Pharaoh thought the following of the Exodus:
For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, ‘They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ (Exodus 14, vs. 3) But the wilderness had not shut them in. God used the arrogance of Pharaoh to draw him out and bring he and his army to an end. Let’s read together of God’s Mighty work here.
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out with your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” 27 So Moses reached out with his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right and on their left. (Exodus 14:26-29)
Our Purpose is only as far away as our relationship to God. Staying close to Him is our Destiny. I sensed God call me closer to Himself this morning, reminding me that we are building His Kingdom, not mine. I have a part to play in this Fantastic Journey of Building God’s Kingdom, and so do you. But we will often be unable to see where He is leading or know what He is doing. He is our purpose, as His Word says:
Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
So let us leave our purpose to God by fixing our eyes on Jesus and trusting His guidance each day, one step at a time. Be Blessed, Dear Believer.