February 2

Psalm 138

“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

It’s not unusual for us to wonder about our purpose in this world. We know that time is passing and that the years are speeding by, sometimes, it seems, at an ever-increasing rate. Once we were teenagers and, in our eyes, the possibilities were endless; but then middle age comes and many start wondering. Now for some, there appears to be little introspection–they move from one day to the next, and as long as they have material comforts, they live until life is gone. But others yearn for a larger purpose, wondering if there is one. And if there is a divine plan, how can they figure out what it is? The psalmist had thought about those things too, and his conclusion is helpful. He simply says, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.” He trusted that if the Lord wanted something done through him, it would happen! He didn’t need to brood about it or imagine that there was a plan he needed to follow. His perspective is helpful. While we do have a multitude of options and decisions to make, it is also true that we are being used by a power greater than ourselves. We might not see it at the time, but often in retrospect the directing hand of God is pretty clear. The Spirit molds, fashions, pushes, and shoves and we don’t even know that it’s happening. God’s work is done–and we are the instruments!

Thought for the Day: How has God used me?

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