Greater Purpose

August 13, 2017

Psalm 138: 8

 The Bible says, “The Lord will work out His plans for my life.” (v8) Sometimes his plans may differ from our plans and expectations. When we are on top of the mountain in life we are happy and satisfied, however when we are in the valley trudging on we may feel discouraged and frustrated in life. We must understand that no matter what circumstances we are going through God is in control and has a plan for our lives.

 Unfair

 At times, life doesn’t seem fair. You see others enjoying the gifts you long for and wonder why God doesn’t bless you too, especially as trials and pressures mount. You may question God, “Lord, don’t you love me? Lord, why won’t you help me.” Often times, many people become bitter toward God and His church. They become negative and cynical about everything in life because they have been treated unfairly. Have you noticed in life that things do not always go the way you desire? How do you respond to someone who feels that things are not fair?

 Have you ever been treated unfairly?

How did it affect you and those around you?

 Uncomfortable

 Often times we discover that the pain may be profound. We find that the uncertainty, rejection, loss, and even disrespect tear at our hearts and hurt so deeply that we will not tell anyone how we feel. We become over sensitive to every situation and find ourselves struggling to relate to those around us, even our family and close friends. We feel alone and separated from everyone. This is where depression coupled with the lies of the enemy lead us down a spiraling path we do not want to travel. In the depths of all this mess we must understand, the Lord uses challenges in our lives for our benefit and His greater purposes.

 Are you comfortable in your lifestyle?

What makes you uncomfortable in life?

 Unfailing

 The Word says, “Your love, O lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.” Does the Lord use challenges for His greater purposes? This was true for all the Biblical saints. Abraham spent decades painfully watching unbelievers have children when he couldn’t, but eventually his offspring became a great nation that endures to this day. Joseph was sold into slavery and thrown unjustly in jail, but God eventually made him second only to Pharaoh in Egypt. Paul was beaten and imprisoned for his faithful testimony to Christ, yet his words have encouraged millions of believers throughout history. So don’t lose heart or be afraid. Your loving Father is using these circumstances to strengthen your faith, equipping you for service. Just keep trusting Him and expect great blessings to come from this adversity. “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.” (Psalm 138:8)