The Seasons come and go, so what is our Purpose?
Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. But does it mean much, if we don’t know what our purpose is or do we have a purpose at all.
Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes had at times some grim Scripture, describing what else is there? Is that all there is too life, were many of his thoughts.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
We experience life with a reason and purpose for every season. At times we may wonder what our purpose is, yet we always need to remember our Lord’s promise and what He has planned for us. Everyday when we get out of bed, God has a plan for us. We need Him to guide us through the whole day. Earnest prayer will give us direction from the Holy Spirit. Even people who are bedridden still have a God planned purpose.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
God knows our plans, He knows our purpose. We should keep that promise in mind as we wake up each morning for the start of every day.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand (Proverbs 19:21).
As we are in this fall season, let us give thanks to our Lord and Savior for everything. Jesus gives us our purpose for living. Jesus is our life. Every breath we have comes from our God.
So as we give thanks for life, maybe a good visual might be to reflect and ponder the life cycle of a tree this fall. As we see the beautiful deciduous trees and how their leaves change colors, it’s important to know in advance that God gives life to all living things. God gives birth to each tree because of the seed, then, it grows into a sprout. After the phase of a sprout, it grows into a sapling, then the tree becomes a mature tree which can reproduce seeds all over again. A tree even has a purpose.
As we reflect on the life cycle of a tree, maybe we can visualize how God has given us our own life cycle to reflect on. The fertilization of an egg, and conception beginning with a fetus inside the mother’s womb, then to the birth of a baby growing to an infant, into a child, to a adolescent age to becoming a young adult, to a mature adult, to middle age, and then old age. Through each stage of life, I am convinced God has a purpose for us
Jeremiah 1:5 says- Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Even before we are born, God has a plan and purpose for us. It’s exciting to think God knows everything about us, and if we fully trust and let Him guide our lives, we will have joy for each stage of our lives on this temporary planet.
God has given you very specific gifts and strengths. Maybe you have a mind for solving problems, or maybe you’re great at organizing people and getting things done. God’s purpose for you probably involves the things you are already good at.
What is the one thing you are particularly passionate about? If money wasn’t an issue, what would you love to do? Determining your passions often helps you figure out what God had called you to do. It is often said that God works at the intersection of our gifts and passions. Where do your gifts meet your passions? That just might be God’s purpose for you.
Life is short, here today and gone tomorrow. Because life is short and we have a purpose, let’s each one of vow to walk with joy in our life journey following God’s purpose for us.
Do we have a purpose for living? Absolutely! May you serve your Lord with confidence, while serving others with your gifts and passions until we meet up with our Lord and Savior for all eternity.
God bless you,