“He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side…” —Mark 6:45
We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.
What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the sea” (Mark 6:49). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.
God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.
God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.
This devotion from My Utmost for His Highest strikes a chord in many of us. For most of my life, though, I’ve shunned asking God this question, in fear that I would not receive an answer that is desirable, or that I would not receive an answer at all. That’s probably why I’ve never empathised with people who struggle with recognising their calling… Couldn’t they just decide on what they want by themselves? After all, God placed in our hearts certain desires and passion to guide our choices, and even if we do make a wrong turn, if it is our belief that God is sovereign, then why should we be anxious?
Well, words are easy to say, but actions harder to take. It takes a huge leap of faith to believe in God’s provision and remain obedient in difficult periods. Sometimes, we fail at the test of faith. I, too, have many times emerged defeated. But God is always there to pick us up, to remind us in His still, small voice that He loves us deeply enough to lead us out into the ocean depths without falling; we have to remind ourselves of this fact, even when we do not ‘feel’ His hand. That’s why He gave us brains. And a memory. Lol. Okay, time for #CommonwealthGames #TableTennis! <3