April 18, 2021

Created for a Purpose

Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?
2 Samuel 7:18
When I read these words spoken originally by King David, I imagine them being spoken by a variety of people: A queen on the day of her coronation, a young man starting a new job, a mother of three fleeing warfare who has made it to a refugee camp, to name but a few. Some people get more attention, some less. Some are exalted, others pitied. But the Bible tells us we are all the same in God's eyes, and no matter who or what we are, God has made us for a purpose.

This does not mean that we shouldn't strive for improvement. But it does mean that we are already somebody in God's eyes. When we despair that our life has no purpose, it is good to remember that nothing God makes is pointless. When we look up to another's greatness, it is entirely possible that the purpose for which they were created is not as great as your own. And when we are tempted to look down on someone, we must always remember who made them; their purpose—though often hidden from our eyes—might be far greater than our own.

Mine is not to judge God's wisdom in creating me or anyone else. Mine is to see my own life in the light of God's eternity, and to speak God's words of affirmation and invitation to those around me.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain.
 1 Corinthians 15:10
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Though I pray at all times, O Eternal One, that you will reveal to me my purpose, may it be enough today to know that you created me for a reason. And as I make this affirmation in my own life, may I also be an encouragement to everyone you place in my path.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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