“I cry out to God Most High, to God,
who fulfills [his purpose] for me”
God has a purpose for each one of us. This is affirmed by King David here as well as by Genesis earlier and Paul later.
- “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15)
- “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10)
It is clear also from Scripture that this purpose will sometimes be worked out in the midst of fear, uncertainty and opposition. This may well come from people around us as well as the circumstances in which we may find ourselves at the time. David said himself that,
“I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts– men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords” (Psalm 57:4)
Sometimes however these lions, beasts, spears and swords are not external assaults but appear to come from within. We may find ourselves attacked by fears, senses of inadequacy and unworthiness, as well as by flurries of disquieting and distressing thoughts. These infiltrate our minds like flights of arrows particularly when we are praying, trying to focus on God or thinking of our relationship with Him. We do need to realise that these arrows come from the evil one and are designed to distract us, make us focus on ourselves and our unworthiness, and keep us from hearing and responding to our God. The sense of guilt that may arise is also not from God. It is at times like this that we need to rely on the armour of God to deflect or capture the arrows and toss them aside. They are not our sins and we can ask God to prevent them from lodging and harming us.
Through the Holy Spirit our God who has given us a purpose in life will be at work. He will be working within us, through us and around us to achieve that purpose. We will not be aware of all that He is doing or the affect that it is having, although by His grace we may in all humility realise something of it. Whatever our circumstances God will be at work to achieve His purpose. We can co-operate by trusting Him and living out His love as best we can.
“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)
I give myself to the Lord and He will fulfill His purpose for me
Lord God I put my trust in You. Please fulfill Your purpose for me and protect me from the assaults and distractions of evil. Amen.