I am constantly reminded through my scripture reading that our purpose is not an easy undertaking. Anyone who fulfilled God’s purpose for their lives as indicated throughout the Bible DID NOT have an easy time of it.
What makes us any different?
Here’s just one example:
One “fiery” day, Moses was in the presence of God and given instruction to return to Egypt to free God’s chosen people, the Israelites and lead them to their promised land. As you can imagine, Moses was a little uncomfortable with this charge (we’ll get to the benefits of being uncomfortable a little later). Because of this uneasiness, he questioned God as to how he would be able to carry this out. God’s response,
In other words, “because of who I am, you don’t have to worry. I will provide for you. Whatever you need and whatever it takes to fulfill your purpose”. (paraphrased)
Moses assigned task was not an easy one. It was not comfortable. Moses would have been just fine settling in to his comfortable little life as a sheep herder in Midian with his happy little family and lived happily ever after. After all, his escape from Egypt and the reality of his true birth was enough for him to handle. But this is not a fairy tale. His assignment had already been identified and He was not alone in carrying it out.
I remember hearing Paul Krause, founder of TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network)confess that many times on the road toward his purpose of broadcasting God’s word to the world, he would plead with God, “take this away from me!” This charge, or assignment seemed more like a curse than a blessing. So many times, we have no idea how much a person goes through in order to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. But we can rest assured that God has a plan that is so well orchestrated, only He can understand.
Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct your path. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
The important thing to know is that God (“I Am”) is with us when we are walking out our purpose as well. As long as we are fulfilling “His” purpose, “His” plan, and remain focused on “His” guidance, He will carry us, provide for us and protect us. We can count on Him to do all that is needed to get us to where we need to be, as long as we trust and rely on Him.
Unfortunately, we hinder our growth for the sake of comfort.
Whenever things get uncomfortable, we make excuses for why we are not doing what we know in our hearts is necessary, instead of looking at where we want to be, how badly we want to get there, and what we may need to give up or consider in order to achieve it.
Moses Questioned God
Many times, when we are sure of our purpose, we question if we are “worthy” to carry it out. This is a form of self-deprecation. Please keep in mind that none of us are worthy, but if He chooses us based on His ultimate plan (which we don’t know, nor would we understand), we have to be obedient in carrying out our little part of His plan by trusting in Him. Otherwise, our doubt is a sign of irreverence and disrespect.
What most people don’t realize is that the Israelite’s journey from Egypt to the promised land (yes, 40 years–due to irreverence and disrespect), was merely a small piece of the puzzle that makes up God’s plan for man). Every day that we do not work towards fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives, it is a sign of disrespect toward Him.
How long will you disrespect Him (40 years?) Take the time to find out what His purpose is for you, and the role you play in walking out His ultimate plan and your role in it.
So How Are You Coming Along? Are You Ready to Find Out?