God’s Purpose

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Do you think that things just happen by chance? Many do but usually I’m not one of them.  OK, maybe there are cases of a person being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that isn’t really where I was going with the question; let’s try it another way:  Do you think that God is at work in human events?

I definitely think so.

It seems to me that God created the universe and everything in it for a purpose, and that no matter how often we may try, we will not push God into abandoning it.  God is working out his purpose always, yet we can have an effect on things along the way.  For instance, God created Mankind in perfect fellowship with Him in the very beginning and yet we rebelled against Him and consequences resulted.  Even in the face of our rebellion, however, God’s purpose was not abandoned, and in the fullness of time, fellowship was restored through the work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Even now, God’s purpose is to build His church by the spread of the gospel, and we are called to take part in his work.  Sadly of course, so many of us don’t get around to His work as often as we might.  Even so, His purpose is moving forward.  It continues to move forward not only through benign neglect on the part of many Christians, but in spite of open rebellion and opposition throughout the world, for no one can stop His purposes from being worked out, not even Satan. The truth is that we can no more stop God from fulfilling His purpose than we could stop a river from flowing by wading into its current!

Actually, when you think about it, this is a glorious fact for it shows us God’s faithfulness which is made manifest all around us, even when we are opposed.  For many, this provides all the more reason to follow Him more closely, to serve him more than before and to focus our energies on being people who serve, rather than frustrate His purpose.

I wonder… what can we do this day to build His church?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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15 Responses to God’s Purpose

  1. MJ says:

    Another fine thought to start the morning, thank you Don

  2. Wm Haney says:

    I was actually angered at God earlier this week. My daughter injured her ankle at home and she could not play with her teamates as her softball team played and won her 12 and under sottball championship. I feel she was denied a chance of a life moment she could have actively been part of. In the end, she actually was good with it all as just being part of the team and I took it worse. I just wished she had a chance to play and say she was part of it.

  3. ephesians413 says:

    God’s purpose is to bring His lost and straying children back to Him. He misses them (us!) just as we miss our children when they take off on their own, well actually He misses them more. He will use any means necessary to accomplish His purpose even, and especially, when it interferes with our worldly desires. He sees things in us an d in our future that we cannot see. He works absolutely tirelessly and continuously to bring us back to Him. We can see His purpose in everything that happens each and every day. It’s absolutely miraculous how He manages it.

  4. jackikellum says:

    This is in response to your post “God’s Purpose:” “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” – Albert Einstein

  5. osborne2029 says:

    A most thought-provoking piece, Don. So many say much of what happens in life is mere coincidence. Yet, this kind of logic doesn’t begin to explain our ordered creation. No mere happenstance could have been responsible for the beauty of a flower, the sweet morning call of a robbin at 4:45 a.m. And I must confess as any bird is successful waking me up at this early dawning of the day, I’m not thankful:) Science, the agnostic and the athesist will do what they will to explain away all things of beauty that have a connection with God. That is sad. In seeking to explain away the sweet fragarance of a rose, the sky with its hues as evening comes of purple, red, and grey, and the majesty of an eagke soaring through the sky, something precious, something of the passion, joy and thankfulness for God’s created work is lost. Like Helen Keller says better than I ever could, ““I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower – the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.”

  6. code4wjc says:

    I loved this and want you to know that as I began my day with it… I will approach the day with a renewed sense of purpose…God directed action to build his kingdom today…THANKS!

    • Don Merritt says:

      Some days I blog for fun, while on others it feels like work… For you to say that assures me that the effort is worth it even when I’d rather do something else… Thank You!

  7. Derek says:

    One of my favourite verses comes from Colossians 1 where speaking of Jesus Paul says, “All things have been created through him and for him.” Christ is the origin of our life and he is the reason, the end goal of our life. Really speaks to me about God’s purposes for us. Thanks for your thoughts, Don.

  8. jgmtheo says:

    Don wrote “I wonder… what can we do this day to build His church?”

    Even if you are confined to your bed, with few visitors, little contact with others, being deaf and blind, you can still do a mighty work towards building His Church. You can pray; for prayer changes situations and people. We are workers together with Him. For the rest of us (not “more fortunate” for God orders all of our paths), we can use every opportunity to make Christ known, most especially by living a Godly, Spirit filled life, before all. Your life will speak louder than your words ! And in all your busyness, do find time to pray.

    Well Don, you did ask the question, I suggest the answer above as a good startng place. I hope you expected some answers. Every blessing – jgmtheo.

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