“For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep…” Acts 13:35-37
He was a shepherd and a King. He was a murderer, an adulterer, and a man after God’s own heart. He was loved and he was hated. Disobedient and repentant. He knew sorrow and joy, failure and victory, fear and trust.
It all served God’s purpose.
In the midst of a most painful, flesh killing time of learning to walk His way, I remember asking God a question. “When are You going to bring about Your plan?” I knew He had a plan and I was trusting Him for the plan…but I was anxious for us to actually get to the plan.
“This IS the plan.”
One huge hissy fit later, I picked myself up off the floor and let Him continue to teach truth to my stunned heart.
God’s purpose is as much about the process as it is about the outcome. I was waiting for the restoration of a marriage, but it was in the process of restoration that I saw and learned so much of God’s heart and character. I became an eye witness to His mercy, His love that won’t quit, and to His undeniable, undefeatable power.
And yet, He remains a mystery. How does He do what He does?
Turn hatred into love? Bitterness into compassion?
Rebellion into surrender? Fear into trust? Unbelief into faith?
How does He heal a heart that was so wounded? Transform a mind that was so contrary? How does He peel back our fingers and loosen our grip on our own lives and our own plans?
Bring beauty from ashes? Turn mourning into dancing?
I don’t know, but He does it through the process of our circumstances.
I was so anxious to get to the end of the place I was in, to the outcome of what God was doing. It wasn’t until He floored me with “This IS the plan” that I learned to stop longing for the destination and start looking for Him in the journey.
Pain, grief, defeat, lonliness…joy, victory, love…they all make up our lives. And in all of it with us is God, making sure none of it is wasted.
Making sure our lives serve His purpose.
“In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will…” Ephesians 1:11
What is your circumstance…your process? Has pain blurred your vision of God? Are you backed into a financial corner with no way out? Are you in a struggle to have hope? Is your life in the fire right now?
Your life…the purpose of God in your generation.