PURPOSE

(Goal, Objective, Plan)

How can we find purpose in our life?

BIBLE READING: Numbers 9:15-23

KEY BIBLE VERSE: They camped or traveled at the Lord's command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses. (Numbers 9:23)

We find purpose in obedience to God. The Israelites traveled and camped as God guided. When you follow God's guidance, you know you are where God wants you, whether you're moving or staying in one place. You are physically somewhere right now. Instead of praying, "God, what do you want me to do next?" ask, "God, what do you want me to do while I'm right here?" Direction from God is not just for your next big move. He has a purpose in placing you where you are right now. Begin to understand God's purpose for your life by discovering what he wants you to do now!

BIBLE READING: Proverbs 3:1-35

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:4-6)

We find purpose in trusting God. To receive God's guidance, said Solomon, we must acknowledge God in all our ways. This means turning every area of life over to him. About a thousand years later, Jesus emphasized this same truth (Matthew 6:33). Look at your values and priorities. What is important to you? In what areas have you not acknowledged him? What is his advice? In many areas of your life you may already acknowledge God, but it is in the areas where you attempt to restrict or ignore his influence that will cause you grief. Make him a vital part of everything you do; then he will guide you because you will be working to accomplish his purposes.

BIBLE READING: 2 Thes. 1:1-12

KEY BIBLE VERSE: We keep on praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of the life to which he called you. And we pray that God, by his power, will fulfill all your good intentions and faithful deeds. (2 Thes. 1:11)

We find purpose in becoming like Christ. Our "calling" from God, as Christians, is to become like Christ (Romans 8:29). This is a gradual, lifelong process that will be completed when we see Christ face to face (1 John 3:2). To be "worthy" of this calling means to want to do what is right and good (as Christ would). We aren't perfect yet, but we're moving in that direction as God works in us.

Related Topics: God's Will, Guidance, Plans

—Handbook of Bible Application