“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” vs. 8
We have a tendency to obsess about God’s will for our lives, imagining perhaps that God has some special plan that we’re not seeing, a purpose that will elevate our status in the kingdom. The psalmist doesn’t seem to be troubled by such a notion; he has perfect confidence that the Lord will do with him what needs to be done. His life is an instrument in the hands of the Lord; the Lord brought him into existence, equipped him with gifts for compassion and loving, and will use him as needed. God’s purpose may not be spectacular, the writing of 95 theses, for instance, but we can be sure that as we walk our ordinary ways, we’ll make a difference for good. As someone has said, “God doesn’t make junk!” Indeed, each of us is a special creation, particularly made with infinite care, and in the strands of our DNA God has planted seeds that will produce a rich harvest. We’ve been programmed for good works and when we surrender our wills our Lord will use us to touch hurting lives every single day. There’ll even be a benefit in our own lives…there’s nothing that brings more satisfaction than bringing hope and comfort to people needing a reassuring word or smile. What we do may not seem like much, but God working through us can change the world.
Thought for the Day: How did God use me yesterday?