How to Know GOD’s Purpose for Your Life

purposeless, confused, lost

The LORD has made everything for its own purpose,

Even the wicked for the day of evil.

Proverbs 16:4

Throughout the years I have met many people who felt lost, confused, unsure, unclear, perplexed, disoriented, or even bewildered, because they didn’t know the purpose of their life. They would often ask one of two questions:

  1. Does GOD have a purpose for my life?
  2. How can I know the purpose of GOD for my life?

When asked “does GOD have a purpose for my life?” The answer is “absolutely!” HE has made everything for its own purpose (Prov 16:4); you are part of everything, so that includes you. Your being here is not happenstance (by chance or coincidence), HE created you (Isa 45:12), formed you in your mother’s womb (Psa 139:13). Before you were even born, our Beloved LORD GOD knew how long you would live (Psa 139:16) and where you would live (Deu 32:8, Act 17:26). And because HE has a purpose for your life, HE pays close attention to you, HE is aware of every aspect of your life. HE knows:

  • when you sit up, and when you lay down (Psa 139:2-3)
  • your goings and comings (2 Kin 19:27)
  • the number of every hair on your head (Mat 10:30)
  • when you cry (2 Kin 20:5); HE even captures and records each tear (Psa 56:8)
  • your needs (Mat 6:32)
  • your very thoughts (Psa 94:11, Psa 139:4)

But, before you can know GOD’s purpose for your life, you must know GOD. Why? Because a “purpose” is simply a goal, a plan or intention to do something. And if you don’t know someone, how can you know their goals, plans or intentions? Our Beloved LORD GOD is intimate with the upright or those who honor HIM (Psa 25:14, Pro 3:32). HE is a friend to them and confides in them (Pro 18:24, Jhn 15:14-15, Jam 2:23).

There are many examples in The BIBLE where GOD made HIS plans known to those who knew HIM. HE makes HIS plans known to HIS people, and even how those plans will affect them personally. HE made HIS plans known to Noah (Gen 6:11-22, Gen 7:1-24), to Abraham (Gen 18:1-33), to Moses (Exd 3:1-22), to King David (2 Sam 7:1-29), to Ezekiel (1 Kin 17:1-16), to King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah (2 Chron 20:1-30), to King Nebuchadnezzar (Job 33:13-18, Dan 2:1-49, Dan 4:1-37), to Daniel (Dan chapters 7-12), to a righteous man and his fiancé (Mat 1:18-25, Luk 1:26-56, Luk 2:38). In HIS WORD, HE has made HIS plans known to all of us who carefully seek HIM (1 Cor 2:10-13). If you seek HIM, HE will make HIS plans known to you (Jer 29:11-13).

‘Call to ME and I will answer you,

And I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.’

Jeremiah 33:3

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