Square One Part V: our craving for purpose, solved
For the last six months or so, I've been heavily relying on God to provide. I've been put in situations that aren't always under my control and in the end, He is the only constant that I can rely on. I have set up goals that I have prayed about, consulted mentors about and feel very strongly that I need to pursue. Unfortunately, they're not as easy as writing a blog post. Even if I saved 100% of my paycheck I wouldn't meet the goals financially, and even if I had the money, the deadline is quickly approaching. But I rest in the fact that I know God has led me to these milestones and He is faithful to equip and facilitate my journey toward them as I continue to seek Him first.
I've loved what God has been teaching me in the past several months through His word. I'm forever discovering new truths in verses I've read a thousand times. This year's theme? Provision. Though my goals are just one instance of my reliance on God's provision in my life, He provides in every area without fail:
Let's start with perhaps the most popular Bible verse of all time - Psalm 23:1.
As my pastor so insightfully pointed out, the remaining 5 verses of this Psalm hinge on this first verse. In it, David puts an end to every doubt, fear, insecurity, need, want and trouble in nine words. The impact could potentially be lost if you misconstrued it or simply read it so many times that it became bland to your ears. But the Lord promises that in our lives, there will be no want or need lacking in Him. No, He's not talking about a larger paycheck. He's talking about fulfilling the most intimate and instinctual parts of our being. Later in the Psalm he explores nourishment, safety, joy, rejuvenation, love, goodness and peace - all things that we desperately need. Not a big a house nor a fast car.
In Matthew, we see God's attendance to our physical needs.
There's a beautiful story of George Mueller - a Christian evangelist during the 1800's - who built and ran an orphanage in England. One morning the housemother of the orphanage told him that they were out of food for the children's breakfast. George, faithful to the cause that God had called him to, asked her to get the children dressed and to gather around the table for prayer. Confused, the housemother called the children in and they began to pray and thank God for the many blessings in their lives. As they finished praying, they heard a knock at the door. Outside, stood the local baker. "Mr. Mueller," he said, "last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in."
Within minutes, there was another knock and there stood the milkman. He explained that his cart had broken down and the milk would spoil before it would be fixed. He gave all of the milk to the orphanage - just enough for breakfast for 300 children.
God is faithful to our needs - most importantly our spiritual but also our physical.
Our Need for Purpose
Now this... this excites me! God fulfills the most visceral desire within us: the desire for purpose. And He does so in such a perfectly clever way. As He has created each of us unique, He decided to leverage our personalities, aptitudes and weakness and calls us to use the very things He has blessed us with! I love how logical God can be.
We're not called to be the guy in the spotlight if we're the guy who's passion and talent is in medicine. We're not called to pastor a church when our strength is in engineering. (don't take those examples too literally - some doctors are great presenters and some pastors are great engineers) We're called to pursue God and make His name known in our circumstances using the strengths He gave us!
Think you're incompetent to do so? Think again...
God equips us through the Holy Spirit to seek and follow His will. No matter our lifestyle. No matter our upbringing. No matter our strengths.
God, in His abundance of love and mercy, is faithful to provide for His children as He anticipates our needs. What loving God wouldn't? As He calls to a particular lifestyle, He prepares the way for us. Wouldn't it be simply amazing to walk in full assurance of faith knowing that God will provide for us if continue to do His will? We can! As we seek Him, our will aligns with His, and as we walk in it, He provides. Simple.