Most Christians know God has a plan for their lives.
But when they are told God has a plan for them, a purpose,
What does that mean? What does that mean for us??
To answer that question I will look at the life of Abraham
the Father of faith!
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your
people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
- For Abraham, having a purpose meant having to leave
the familiar behind! He didn’t know where he was going but
He trusted God. He took everything he owned and moved!
Could that still apply today? Could God be calling us out of
our comfort zones to a place we have never heard of before,
to a place we have never been to before?
Is he calling us out of the familiar? Is it possible to experience
the new if you haven’t let go of the familiar, if you are in your
“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham”!
“Here I am, “he replied.
Then God said, Take your son, your only son, whom you love-
Isaac-and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt
offering on a mountain I will show you.” Genesis 22:1-2
Because Abraham had a purpose God tested him!
He told him he was to sacrifice the one thing he loved more than
anything else – his son! God tested with him with something
he held dear to his heart, his son!
Could it be possible that is our story too? Does God want to make
sure He is first in our lives by testing us?? We say we love God and
He is the most important thing in our lives, but is that the truth???
Only He knows!
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your Shield,
your very great reward.
But Abram said, Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I
remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of
Damascus? And Abram said, You have given me no children;
So a servant in my household will be heir.
Then the word of the Lord came to him: This man will not be
Your heir, but a son who is your flesh and blood will be your heir.
He took him outside and said, Look up at the sky and count the
stars – if indeed you can count them. Then he said to him, so shall
your offspring be.
Abram believed the Lord, and He credited to him as righteousness.
Because Abram had a purpose he had to trust God! He had to think
bigger and grander! God’s purpose for our lives is huge but faith
in God is the key. God’s plan for your life will not make sense to
a carnal mind a natural mind! You need faith to see it and accept it!
We know without faith it is impossible to please God. He wants us
Something you need to look out for as you walk in God’s purpose
for your life:
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had
an Egyptian slave named Hagar, so she said to Abram, “The Lord
has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave;
perhaps I can build a family through her.”
Abram agreed to what Sarai said.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see what really happened.
Sarai knew what God had promised her along with Abraham but
what really happened? In Genesis 15 it tells us Abraham believed
God and it was counted to him as righteousness but in chapter 16
we read something different. Sarai suggests to Abram that he
sleep with Hagar and he agrees! Why would Abram agree to that?
He clearly heard from God!
Did he think God had abandoned him?
Had he lost so much hope that he resorted to trying to make things
happen in his own strength?
Was he tired of waiting on God?
Did he focus on his old aged body and Sarah’s deadened womb and
let his carnal mind take over?
We really don’t know but what we do know is he agreed to go
along with Sarah’s plan! They had lost hope in God and set out
to accomplish God’s plan in their own strength!
They were discouraged and dejected!
There are things God
will allow and take you through to strengthen you. Like I said before,
it is by faith and faith alone you will accomplish God’s purpose for
your life. Yes, you will need to step out and do things but you will
need faith! If Abraham the Father of Faith could lose hope in God
and rely on his own strength what does that mean for us? It means
we have to be humble and admit we can’t do this alone!
God wants you to walk in the purpose He has for you. Don’t be
Trust Him to lead you because He knows the way! He made the way!
Everything He does for you is because He loves you! Your purpose is
amazing and glorious! Be bold and confident as you step into it!
Oh yes, God will take us our of our comfort zone in a heart beat! He did exactly what you have described about Abraham with me. Lock, stock, and barrel, he moved me to somewhere I’d never heard of, didn’t know where I was going or why, left friends, family, and church behind, etc, etc, etc. And He continued doing that for 5 + years. Why? Because He had a plan for me. I wish you were able to get my book, “Laying Down my Net-A Walk of Faith.” It’s exactly what you’ve brought out here. My true story. Thanks for reminding me of five painful years. lol (But I’m glad He did it.)
That’s pretty amazing Sue! God did take you out of your comfort zone so He could bring you into His calling! Thank you for sharing your story! That has got me thinking about what God has in store……!