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Friday, January 1, 2010
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"Called According To His Purpose"
(New Year's Message)
"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes" (James 4:14). "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please" (Isaiah 46:10). "The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O LORD, endures forever" (Psalm 138:8). "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).
The first day of the year seems to stir within us a desire to do a little soul searching as we consider behaviors and attitudes that need either modified or even eradicated from our lives. Perhaps there are goals that we will set for 2010 that will motivate us and help us feel good about accomplishments seen in this calendar year.
The briefness of life can be illustrated by using an aerosol spray. Press the applicator button, watch the mist go into the air and quickly evaporate. Our lives are like that in light of eternity. The longer we live, the more we are aware of this perspective. "What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."
We live our life as a mere blip on the radar screen of eternity. Our journey through this brief life is but a transition to the future eternal Kingdom God has prepared for us. I am convinced that very early in eternity we will recognize just how brief this earthly part of our journey really is. But for now it's all we know and thus is wholly significant.
If you are setting goals, begin another year focusing on God's eternal purpose and make sure to implement that perspective as you set goals for the new year. Consider our second daily text and examine these words of our eternal God. "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please."
Note the phrase, "My purpose will stand." It's a source of great peace and assurance in both the microcosm and in the macrocosm. God is speaking here and I believe Him. I surely don't always understand His complete purpose nor do I understand how it all fits together. Sometimes it’s a daunting mystery.
But from the beginning; from the first command God gave to Adam, He also calls us to seek, trust and obey Him. The Psalmist proclaims his faith in this God of purpose: "The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O LORD, endures forever." Today as we begin a new year, once again and continually, we need to seek, trust and obey God who will most assuredly fulfill His purpose for our life.
The final daily verse expresses a wonderful truth that has brought assurance to scores of believers all through the church age. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." This promise is to work all things out for them that love Him. All things work out according to His purpose and they work out in His time.
That's right, fellow believer, His purpose for you will work out. His nature has not changed. We "have been called according to His purpose." These promises are just as valid this day as when they were written. And they are valid for you whatever you are facing today, and what is yet to come in 2010. Arise and declare, "I have been called according to His purpose!"
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, help us to keep a Biblical perspective as we consider the brief duration of our life on this earth in light of eternity. Our lives are not meaningless nor are they insignificant for we acknowledge that You have brought purpose to our lives. It will take us a lifetime on this earth to fully experience and understand Your purpose, but we do seek to trust and obey You so that we know Your plan and so that we honor You. Amen.
Personal note: We continue to overcome in our home (as we are always doing in one way or another!) Ester seems much better today and Stephen is gaining new strength day by day as he recuperates from his surgery last week. Hopefully we will be back on schedule with these daily messages next week!
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