‘…for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world…’ John 18:37 NIV
Jesus knew exactly why He lived: ‘For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.’ That’s what He thought about, prayed about, planned for, worked towards, sacrificed for, died and rose again for, and finally accomplished. By fulfilling His destiny He changed the world for ever. So, do you know your destiny? What are you doing to achieve it? ‘We are…created…to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:10 NIV) Does that sound like a life of aimless wandering with no known destination? The Bible says, ‘A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.’ (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV) Plan well, but always stay open to God’s direction. ‘…All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.’ (Psalm 139:16 NIV) God’s plan for your life was set before you were a twinkle in your parents’ eyes! If you fail to follow His path you’ll miss His best for your life. The Bible is full of examples of people who crashed and burned at some point. King Saul is a great example. Recalling it, David his successor prayed first, ‘I desire to do Your will…’ (Psalm 40:8 NIV) Your desires are the driving force in life, so make sure they’re in harmony with God. Secondly he prayed, ‘Teach me to do Your will…’ (Psalm 143:10 NIV) When it comes to doing God’s will, the Psalmist acknowledged he needed God’s help. You do too.
SoulFood: Deut 8-10, Matt 12:22-37, Ps 78:9-16, Pr 16:25
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011