The Lord Will Fulfill His Purpose for Me/Us

Psalm 138

“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
above everything.
On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
but the haughty he perceives from far away.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

As you have discovered, a common theme to my ministry is the belief that all of us, all of creation, have a divine intent, a God-ordained reason for being. Jesus came to show us the way to becoming the person and people God created us to be. For me, God is not the heavy-handed judge waiting eagerly to punish us when we sin. God is humanity’s greatest cheerleader, encouraging us all along the way, as an expression of God’s steadfast, unconditional love for us all.

As you have also discovered, a second common theme of my ministry is our ability to choose. We must choose to pursue and live into our divine purpose. It is the narrow way, the camel passing through the eye of the needle way but God gives us all the knowledge and resources we need to make the journey. God even cheers us on, but we must choose to make the journey. When we choose not to walk the way God intends we must face the consequences of our choices. Not punishment, but consequences for choosing a way other than God’s.

For instance, when you stick your hand into a flame, it will burn you. You didn’t sin. You made a choice with a painful consequence. God provides us with many reminders in life that a flame will burn flesh and strongly encourages us not to play with fire.

Jesus came to teach us, show us, and left us with many reminders about making the right choices, the God choices in our lives. Jesus encouraged us to follow him. Most, it seems, would rather play with fire and blame everyone else for their getting burned.

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; (because of)
your steadfast love, O Lord, (which) endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

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