One of the great truths of the Bible is that our existence on this earth is not by accident but by design. In Psalm 139:13-14, as David reflects on his life in relation to God he says, ‘For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well’.
Because God designed you, he has a purpose in mind. God loves you. He has a specific, unique and glorious destiny for you. His will and desire is that we turn our lives over from our own direction and control to His. Through faith in Jesus He promises to forgive all our sins, restore our relationship with God and then guide us through life into eternity.
God’s purpose for you is bigger than your mistakes. We have all made many mistakes in our lives, but God has not stopped guiding us.
We have a Sat Nav in our car. When we take a wrong turn, it reroutes us. But it never gives up until we reach our destination. You can ignore it or switch it off, but if you follow it, it makes your journey more enjoyable and peaceful. Eventually, it will say ‘You have reached your destination.’ Psalm 84:7 says, ‘from strength to strength unwearied go, still forward unto strength, until in Zion (heaven) we appear before the Lord at length.
Of course, this is not a perfect analogy. God is not a machine but a person who is with us on the journey. God wants to communicate with you and has promised to guide you. There are five main ways in which God guides us (the five CSs):
- •Commanding Scripture (the Bible)
- •Compelling Spirit (the Holy Spirit)
- •Counsel of the Saints (the church)
- •Common Sense (reason)
- •Circumstantial Signs (providence)
Hopefully, over the course of the next few months, we’ll look at each in turn. In the meantime, remember this: you have a purpose in life and that is to know the Lord and to belong to Him.
Your friend and Pastor
Rev Colin MacLeod