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Why Are We Here?

The crisis is over.  Boy, that was a close one.  Wow, I could so easily be dead now instead of sitting here.  It makes you think...

There are only a few times in our days that we stop and take the long view of our lives.  Perhaps this is because we don't want to see our lives from this vantage point, but I think it is mostly because we are too busy.  We always have the project, the problem or the challenge of the moment that keeps us, and our minds, busy.

However, this doesn't give us a chance to think about our purpose.  Why are we here?  What are we supposed to accomplish during our short lives?

For Ester, in the Bible, circumstances of her life came to a point where she had to make a really tough decision – she had to likely sacrifice her life in a crazy attempt to save her people.  As she fearfully contemplated this choice, she was told, “Who knows, perhaps you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Ester 4:14).

Ester had a purpose.  God had a plan for her.  This plan was bigger that anything she had ever dreamed, but that was because it was God's plan.  God's plans are always more important and make a bigger difference than anything we could ever think up for our own lives.

In the same way, God has a plan for you.  Consider this popular verse, “For I know the plans I have for you – this is the Lord's declaration – plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Many people view this as a promise that God is going to dump blessings on them, but plans made for you are not something that happens to you.  Just because I make plans for you to give me a large sum of money doesn't make it so.  Plans, made by somebody else, require your participation for them to happen.  When somebody makes plans for you, you can miss out on them by either not hearing about the plans or by making a decision not to participate.

I can make plans for you to do something wonderful, but if you don't get the message, then you won't show up.  When God makes plans for us, we have to be in-touch and listening to Him or we will miss out on what He has for us.  He may have plans for us to change the world, but if we aren't listening to Him, then we won't know to show up.

If we do get the message, we may choose not to participate.  We are very good at deciding that a “still, small voice” is just our imagination, especially if the message of that voice doesn't align with what we want to do.  The key thing about messages from God – they are not going to be telling us to do what we would have done anyway.  The things that God asks us to do, sometime seem crazy and are almost always scary.  He doesn't expect us to do comfortable, human-type work, He expects us to do tasks for which we have to trust and rely on Him.  Under our own power we can't do much at all, but Him working through us can do a lot (John 5:19).

It is amazing how many excuses we can come up with for why we shouldn't obey the Lord's gentle promptings.  We are always too busy or too scared or too something.  We may find that the task is too humbling or we can't deal with “those type of people”.  We may feel inadequate.  We may want to leave this work up to the professionals (even though God called you to do it).

We must remember that God has plans for specifically created just for us.  He know what you can do and what you can't do.  He know that where there are gaps, that He is mighty enough to fill them.  If the plan is His will, then He will make it happen.  We just need to be submissive and trusting.  Then He will do the work.

Let's go back to the verse in Jeremiah, but allow him to finish his thought:

For I know the plans I have for you – this is the Lord's declaration – plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to You.  You will seek me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

This perfect plan that the Lord has for you can only come to pass when you partner with Him.  That partnering with Him can't be a part-time, sorta-kinda or low-priority agenda, it requires seeking Him with ALL your heart.  If you seek something with all your heart, then it is your highest priority and the seeking never stops.

Our God is perfect.  He is good.  He has perfect knowledge and wisdom.  He loves you.  Based on those facts, what sort of plan do you think He has for you?  Of course, it is good and perfect.  It is substantially better than any plan we could make for our own life, because of our human limitations.

Have you ever stressed over a decision?  God never has to stress over a decision, because of His perfect knowledge and wisdom.  He is never fooled by people, He can see right through them, into their hearts and minds.  Because of His perfect knowledge, His pans are not “probably the best choice”, instead,  they are simply the best plan.  His plans are better than any plan ever created by a human.

For Esther, she was put into a particular place so she could obediently follow God's perfect plan.  Her obedience to God's plan made an enormous difference to the entire history of the Hebrew people.  

You know that God has worked in your life.  You are in the place you are, because of God's hand.  What is the purpose of God bringing you to this place?  What plans does He have for you?  What amazing things can you and the Lord accomplish together?  

Obediently listen and find out.  That is what servanthood is all about.  That is why you are on this earth.  Listen close, God's plan for you starts today.

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